I watch the Friends show and there Rachel says the following phrase: 'I was kinda hoping that wouldn't be an issue.' She says it right after Monica says that Rachel didn't invite her to the wedding. I have several questions about this phrase:
- In the sentence hoping is a verb, isn't it? So it's the past continues tense, right? If yes is it normal way to use 'kind of' with verbs?
- If the first is true, so does it mean that Rachel before the wedding thought about Monica and decided not to invite her to the wedding, because it's not a big problem?