Has the word "type" been used correctly in the following sentence? (I'm suspicious about it, because in the Longman dictionary it is stated that "be sb's type: to be the kind of person someone is sexually attracted to")

When we go to a museum we can mingle with some visitors which are of our type and make friends with them.

By the way, is it okay to use "mingle" as I did?


This is a screenshot taken from the dictionary.(In response to user3169) enter image description here

  • Could you add a link to the dictionary definition you mention? I don't agree with their definition and wonder if there is something else.
    – user3169
    Dec 12 '14 at 5:57
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    A note: I've been told that we don't usually use which with people, and this ngram seems to confirm it. Dec 12 '14 at 6:35
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    @CopperKettle Thanks for your note. I agree with you in part, however it's not a general rule. Yes, it's a good idea to use whom in situations like this, however clearly we can use which as well. When you refer to the Longman dictionary you can find this example under the definition of which: "I don't know which of us was the more scared. "
    – mok
    Dec 12 '14 at 6:41
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    @mok - thanks for the note! probably this preference to "who" refers more to relative clauses. I'll read up on the issue! Dec 12 '14 at 6:51

Why not? You are right that it's also used for 'attraction' but here, in this context, you are mixing up with visitors of your types and hence, sexuality is out of question.

The use of word type is okay over there.

She mixes with all types of people

Stretching this...

You mix with visitors of your type.

Though OALD writes mix over mingle, mingle is not incorrect! It's an idiomatic use.

mingle with someone- to mix with people

  • Thanks. But regarding the second part of my question, isn't mingle a little bit more formal?
    – mok
    Dec 12 '14 at 6:02
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    it's okay to use that! :) Answer edited!
    – Maulik V
    Dec 12 '14 at 6:25
  • The most common usage of "mingle" is when you meet people at a party or a social event. "While you are at the awards ceremony, be sure to mingle with the other guests. Who knows who you will meet." (AmE)
    – user3169
    Dec 12 '14 at 17:19

I disagree with Maulik V's answer.

She mixes with all types of people is a different construction than They are our type, the latter of which (in my experience) almost always refers to some sort of attraction (romantic and the like).

The phrase all [different] types of people is like saying all [different] colors of people, but saying she is your color is a different construction than your type since "type" here has a different colloquial meaning indicating compatibility in a romantic or sexual nature when used in this way.

Lastly, mingle as used here is fine. As per a question in the comments, it's neutral, so neither formal nor informal, and would be appropriate in most cases where "relaxed meeting of (potentially new) people" is meant.

Some examples of what you could change the sentence to:

When we go to a museum we can mingle with some like-minded visitors and make friends with them.


When we go to a museum we can mingle with the same sorts of people and make friends with them.

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