In this context:

"The kind/type of stress those activities tend to (verb)..."

  • I've found that kind / type are used interchangeably, is one more appropiate than the other?
  • Talking about the verb, I've found very few examples of sentences like "X gives/causes me stress", so I'm not sure if I could use one of them here or if there's another more suitable verb.

So: Which noun (kind/type) and verb (give/cause/provoke/other) would be appropiate for this sentence?

  • [The kind/type of stress those activities tend to (verb)] is just a noun phrase, not a sentence. Seeing you wrote The I guess that you're going to begin your sentence with this noun phrase, which is strange for me. Perhaps because it's too heavy. Let's consider it as just a noun phrase, without it being at the beginning of a sentence. In my opinion, either kind or type is fine. As for the verb, I personally tend to use simple words, so I think cause or induce is a good choice. Jun 22, 2014 at 4:40
  • Thanks for noticing that it's just a noun phrase, although by the "..." I pretended to show it's going to be in a sentece, I could have expressed myself better. Anyway by the time I wrote it, I hadn't actually noticed it was just a noun phrase, so double thanks. I don't have a clear "sense of weight" when making sentences, so it's possible that I made it sound a bit strange. Do you know if that concept is searchable under an specific title or if it's just an ability adquired by being familiar with the language usage?. Jun 22, 2014 at 5:48
  • I can only offer these two tips at the moment: 1) generally in English, more important things comes last (we can apply this concept not only to sentences, but also, for example, punchlines, conclusions, wrap-ups, etc.), 2) reading what you just wrote aloud helps (presumably, we've read lots of books, documents, etc. before we write our own stuff; reading aloud could help telling us whether our sentences have good balance or not). I believe that there are more resources on writing out there; I just don't know where myself, though. :) Jun 22, 2014 at 7:13
  • Particularly in "medical" contexts, we often say stress is triggered by {something}. Jun 22, 2014 at 11:53

1 Answer 1


I would say:

The kind of stress those activities tend to cause...

using kind for undefined or loosly defined cases. To the average person, stress is probably a loosely defined condition.

What kind of lunch are you having?

since there are more variations of food items than you would have in mind.

I would use type when referring clearly defined cases. For example, if I was a psychologist, I might say:

The type of stress those activities tend to cause...

because I would know specific types of stress one may experience.
type is also used to describe specific conditions, like:

What type of diabetes do you have?
I have type 2 diabetes.

Finally, in the above examples I would use cause for the verb, as this phrase describes a cause and effect relationship.

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