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A cooperator
Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 11:26:17 PM

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Hi,
What differences are there in each pair of sentence below:
I'm sort of curious where you found this.
I'm curious where you found this.
I am sort of busy these days.
I am busy these days.

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NKM
Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 11:50:55 PM

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"Sort of", as used here, is a an adverb of mitigation, similar to "somewhat".

Note, however, that it is sometimes used ironically, a bit like the British "rather". 
- "I'm sort of busy." - ("Can't you see I'm up to my elbows in dirty dishwater?")

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 3:07:30 AM

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It is the same in British English - "sort of busy" means "a little busy" or "slightly busy".

However, if it is used ironically or sarcastically, it means "I'm very busy - you should know that - don't disturb me!"



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
A cooperator
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 8:19:33 PM

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Thank you both of you, NKM, Drg0nspeaker,

You think this structure "sort of + any adjective" can be possible with any kinds of adjectives?

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A cooperator
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 8:20:55 PM

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Thank you both of you, NKM, Drg0nspeaker,

You think this structure "sort of + any adjective" can be possible with any kinds of adjectives?

Whoever doesn't own what he promises to those who do not deserve must not promise it.
leonAzul
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 8:46:25 PM

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A cooperator wrote:
Thank you both of you, NKM, Drg0nspeaker,

You think this structure "sort of + any adjective" can be possible with any kinds of adjectives?


Yes it can, yet please take the advice proffered by both Drag0nspeaker and NKM that such a usage can easily be misunderstood as sarcastic.

"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
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