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Dear Shannon,
Is there any difference in meaning between these two phrases?
(1) The centre point (noun acting as an adjective plus noun)
(2) The central point (adjective plus noun)
Thanks & best regards,
Antoine Ghannoum

As far as I can tell, they are generally the same.  However "central" is preferred, for example, "Central Park."  In your example, both could be used for a physical location, but if talking about a text, we would use the latter: "The central point of this document is the country's economic policy."

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Shannon Cole


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Georgia TESOL in Action (1999)

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