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I would like to know what the grammatical construct "kind of + v" is?

I kind of like cold weather


I kind of eat everything".

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Kind of in ODO: informal rather; to some extent. – Andrew Leach Jul 15 '13 at 9:34
Although it's informal, I suppose it's classed as an adverb. – Andrew Leach Jul 15 '13 at 9:35
To whoever marked it as GR, try to find this information easily... – mplungjan Jul 15 '13 at 9:42
@mplungjan – Andrew Leach Jul 15 '13 at 10:19
Knowing it's an idiom is more valuable than knowing it's an adverb; knowing it's an adverb tells you nothing you don't already know, but idioms have to be specified as such. – John Lawler Jul 15 '13 at 16:21

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Kind of and the synonym sort of are classified as non-standard synonyms of the adverb somewhat

The expressions kind of or sort of to mean "rather," "partially," or "somewhat" are nonstandard.

Both expressions literally mean "type of" or "variety of."

So I would also classify them as adverbs

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