If I look at a book about vehicles, can I say “What kind of vehicle is it?" to get the answer “It’s a bike." (or a truck, a car, a motorcycle, etc)? Is that question correct or not? How should I ask?

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What kind of vehicle is it? is grammatical, but it might, depending on the circumstances, be more appropriate to say What kind of vehicle is that?

  • thank you. How about" what is it? "it is more appropriate to say "what is that? or what is this?" than " what is it?. Right?
    – Kid123
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 22:04
  • @Kid123: Impossible to answer a question like that in isolation, and certainly not in a comment. It depends on the circumstances. Commented May 16, 2012 at 6:00

Yes - that is a correct way to ask your question.

You could also ask:

  • what sort of...
  • what type of...

These are all functionally equivalent ways of asking the same thing.

  • Thank you very much every one and Can I ask "What kind of vehicle are they/those/these?" to get the answer “they are bikes." and how about "what kinds of" when can I use it?
    – Kid123
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 22:15
  • Yes, you might ask "What kinds of vehicles do you offer?"
    – TecBrat
    Commented May 31, 2012 at 13:24

You could also say, 'which type of vehicle is a Jeep Grand Cherokee?' Answer might be: Midsized SUV

But then you would need a list available for them to pick from.

  • Can I say "which type of vehicle is a Toyota? To get answer "Sedan"
    – Kid123
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 22:12

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