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    Smile Pre/Post-modification

    Could you tell me what the underlined words' word classes are?

    She didn't like a dark ceiling.

    She cut two large windows on one side.

    Since the columns, great red sturdy columns oppressed her a little, she prepared them with a very nice paper which didn't look Chinese at all.

    It was bought in a native shop.

    It was a very nice pink stripe.

    I am wondering if "a" , "two" and "one" are adjectives or determiners so that I can call them pre-modifiers or not.

    Another thing, in the sentence; "Since the columns, great red sturdy columns oppressed her a little, she prepared them with a very nice paper which didn't look Chinese at all." Am I to call only "which" a post-modifier(...which=Post-modifier?) or all the words following "which" (...which didn't look Chinese at all.=Post-modifier?) Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Pre/Post-modification

    [1] a dark ceiling
    determiner + adjective + noun

    Note that, some grammarians class determiners as adjectives.

    [2] two large windows on oneside
    adj + adj + noun + prep + noun

    [3] a very nice paper
    determiner + adv + adj + noun

    [4] which didn't look Chinese at all.
    adjectival

    [5] a native shop
    determiner + adj + noun

    [6] a very nice pink stripe.
    determiner + adv + adj + adj + noun

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    Re: Pre/Post-modification

    Thank you for your answer. Can we say that "one" is also a determiner, for we can use "one" and "a" interchangibly? And happy new year to you, too :)

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    Re: Pre/Post-modification

    Right. Sorry. I missed the spelling completely. Example [2] should read, on one side.

    Replacement is a good test, yes, but one is not functioning as a determiner in [2]. You see, one answers the question, How many? and that makes it an adjective.

    The word one has a fabulous wardrobe. It can be a determiner, an adjective, a pronoun, and even a substantive noun.

    "As a determiner, the word one is sometimes used before a proper noun to designate, particularly, this person: "He delivered the package to one Ronald Pepin of Colchester." The article "a" will also function in that position for the same purpose." Read more here: On the uses of one.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Pre/Post-modification

    Sure, it helped. Thanks again.

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    Re: Pre/Post-modification

    You're most welcome, Super Sonic.

    Happy New Year!

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