sort of vs rather, somewhat : Common Errors in English

About sort of vs rather, somewhat

“Sort of” is not only slangy, it is often vague. “Dinner was sort ofexpensive” does not convey nearly as much as “the bill for dinner cameto more than he earned in a week.” The same applies to the similarlyvague “kind of.”

sort of Meaning(s)

  • (r) to some (great or small) extent

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