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Features Of The Noun Phrase In English

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This chapter summarizes the elements which may precede the head of an Noun Phrase (NP) in Modern english. It is the custom to group together English the and a(n) as articles, and to say that they occur as determiners, in slot (c) of NP structure. For the, this is the same slot as demonstratives, from which the definite article evolved. Demonstratives this/these and that/those can function as a complete NP or as a determiner, in slot (c). Does the fact that the same and different may cooccur, suggest that the same is not really an adjective at all, but instead some other kind of modifier within an NP? To respond to this question, the chapter first surveys the set of adjectives which require two arguments. It then examines the difference of meaning between the same and identical, before studying how the same slots into the structure of an NP.

Keywords: adjective; articles; demonstratives; determiners; Modern english; Noun Phrase (NP) structure; slot (c)



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