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Is there anymore to the usage of なんか that isn't saying "something", but rather something like, or along the lines of? I know the two are very similar, but using なんか at the end of a sentence seems to be very clear syntactically, while using it to modify a noun seems weird, especially given the か at the end- further kanji isn't generally used, I don't think. So is there more to it? Is there a more formal way of saying it that would make sense syntactically?

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Compare など and なんて. –  snailboat May 31 at 11:38
The comparison just makes me more confused, where do those come from? –  Anthony May 31 at 21:05
Could you give an example or two so we can make sure which なんか you're talking about? –  snailboat Jun 3 at 9:32
I forget what exactly my friend said- it was なんか followed by a noun. She was trying to say "Something like a-". There is more than one なんか? –  Anthony Jun 3 at 18:29

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It can be used in front of adjectives to convey the sense of "somewhat" (e.g. なんか強い = "somewhat strong"). Is that close to what you're getting at?

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I know the use- I just don't know where it come from. I suppose the syntax label might have been misleading... –  Anthony Jun 1 at 19:35

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