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Isn't this just a technical word for adjective? I know that it includes articles, but you could just as easily say that articles are a very special kind of adjective. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 22:02, 23 July 2006 (UTC)
- The argument that articles are just special ajectives doesn't really get you very far. Basically it confuses a position in a phrase (modifier) with a word category (adjective). If we talk about Apple comptuers, Apple is a modifer, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a noun, and a proper one at that. You can't start calling every modifier an adjective.
- The fact is that adjectives are never obligatory in English grammar. Determiners are. There are numerous other grammatical arguments, but the main point is just this: adjectives very rarely cause learner's problems. Determiners do, so pointing them out should help learners use and understand them better.