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Hello.

I would like to know whether or not there is a reasonable explanation for why both grammatical classes use different terminologies.

Both Determiners and Noun Modifiers perform exactly the same function: Modify nouns, and nothing more. So, why has it been termed differently as well as their placement:

Determiners:

Pre-determiners

Central-determiners

Post-determiners

Modifiers:

Pre-modifiers

Post-Modifiers

There is already a topic that discusses the same thing; however, the answers weren't clear enough to me, also, there was only one answer, and I want to go deep into this topic.

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    Determiners don't modify. Their function is to mark a noun as definite or indefinite. – BillJ May 1 '17 at 17:29
  • @BillJ - I'm sure that Determiners have many other functions, such as quantifying and numering; however, it's a discussion for another trend. Do you have any opinion regarding such a topic? – Davyd May 1 '17 at 17:33
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    It depends to some degree on what theoretical framework you are using. But typically, determiners are more restricted, you can use only one (or maybe, only one of each type) in a noun phrase, whereas you can use arbitrarily many modifiers. – Colin Fine May 1 '17 at 23:13
  • @Colin - Yeah, that pretty much makes sense; whereas Determiners are limited and must be placed correctly, Noun Modifiers are ilimited and can be placed in any position. Thank you, that is the answer that I am more likely to get since it is the only difference I have found so far. – Davyd May 8 '17 at 1:53

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