"More than 20 million people have some kind of mental issue" 

My problem is with "some kind of".  I would rather have said,  "... have one kind of mental issue or another"

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Hi, MaaAdjoa,

"some kind of" can be used both in formal and in informal contexts. You shouldn't confuse it with "kind of," used to soften the effect of what follows in colloquial language, as in:

- He has kind of a mental issue.

Your sentence, where "some kind of" is correctly used to refer to an unspecified mental issue, is perfect as written.

Gustavo, Contributor posted:

"some kind of" can be used both in formal and in informal contexts. You shouldn't confuse it with "kind of," used to soften the effect of what follows in colloquial language, as in:

- He has kind of a mental issue.

Great point, Gustavo.

MaaAdjoa, in your sentence, "kind of" can be replaced by "type of," unlike the colloquial, softening "kind of" in Gustavo's example.

He has some kind of mental issue.
He has some type of mental issue.

He has kind of a mental issue.
*He has type of a mental issue.

Thank you, David.

And just like "kind of," we also have "sort of":

- He has some sort of mental issue (= some type of mental issue).
- He has sort of a mental issue (= a condition that could be roughly defined as a mental issue).

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