Can you explain which one is correct or if both are correct, under which scenario one is more suitable than the other? I have this doubt in general, when to use nouns as adjectives or possession like in this example. Can you give me some pointers?


"Men's" is idiomatic.

The players on the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team never doubted they would be standing on the gold-medal platform....

from ESPN

Either "men's" or "men" would be possible in terms of basic English grammar, but in practice, Americans almost always say "US Men's (or Women's) ___ team." For example, US Women's Gymnastics Team, or US Men's Olympic Swim team.

More examples at the USA Gymnastics website or the USA Basketball website.

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  • Could you provide examples when "men" is used to modify a group, or denote possession e.g. The US men soccer team (if it is called that) or men clothing. I Would consider the second to be "ungrammatical", while the former sounds reasonable to my ears. Maybe you can come up with some better exceptions. – Mari-Lou A Oct 23 '17 at 7:16
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