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What is the word that denotes the words preceding these nouns?

Would it still be a noun, an adjective, or something else?

Example:

A stone fortress

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marked as duplicate by Cerberus, RegDwigнt May 11 '11 at 9:27

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In most cases, I believe, the 'other things' are themselves going to be some kind of nouns, in that case:

Nouns can sometimes describe other nouns (such as a soccer ball). When they do this, they are called modifiers.

Quoted from and refer for more details: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noun

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Plus that Modifiers can be adjectives, adverbs, infinitive phrases and participle phrases. –  Gigili May 10 '11 at 18:05
    
Your answer is very ambiguous,I mean it has some mistakes. –  Gigili May 10 '11 at 18:19

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