You went to see a movie that you had been waiting to see. You didn't really like it. On the way out of the theater, you say to your friend who watched it with you:
I have to say — I was kind of disappointed.
Use this phrase to introduce an opinion you just formed, which surprised you a little:
I have to say — I think you might be an even better cook than Mom.
I have to say — she's not looking so good these days. I hope she's OK.
"Kind of" means "a little" or "somewhat". It's often used in spoken English:
I'm kind of shy when it comes to the opposite sex.
It kind of took me by surprise.
The pronunciation of "kind of" sounds like "kinda".
Another phrase with a similar meaning is "somewhat", but "somewhat" is more formal. Use "kind of" for most situations and "somewhat" when discussing academic topics or in writing.
Remember that you use "___ed" to talk about how you feel:
I was kind of disappointed.
And you use "___ing" to give your opinion about something:
It (the movie) was kind of disappointing.
Other words that work in this way are:
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