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Position of the NP modifier

Noun Phrase (NP) modifiers may by inserted before a postposition and its PP complement, as in the following example where the adposition phrase is bracketed.

so vier meter [voor hulle uit]
so four meter before them out
about four meters in front of them

NP modifiers always precede a preposition and its NP complement, and may not intervene between the preposition and its complement. In the following examples, the modifying NP is bracketed.

a. ['n hele ent] onder die grond
a whole distance under the ground
quite a distance under ground
b. *onder ['n hele ent] die grond
*under a whole distance the ground
*under quite a distance the ground
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