As a nonnative English speaker, sometimes I struggle with usage of 's or of or nouns together, for example

  • Ali's car.
  • the pole of the flag ,
  • the walls of the train.
  • the beauty of women's

I don't know if it's OK if I change them, especially when, for exam[;e, I'm writing and I think if I change them in the sentence it would be more effective, and I write like this:

  • flag's pole or flag pole
  • train walls
  • the beauty of a woman or the beauty of theirs.
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    Good question. However, the answer is not that simple. There are many reasons why we sometimes use the aphostrophe-s ('s), at other times the preposition of and yet other times neither the apostrophe nor the preposition, as in flag pole. The answer would be too long for this post. – Kris Apr 24 '18 at 6:50
  • See: english.stackexchange.com/q/30385/14666 – Kris Apr 24 '18 at 6:51
  • I am not marking this Q as a duplicate because the treatment there is too advanced for the OP, but rather would think this should be migrated to English Language Learners where a simpler answer (or an answer in simpler English) may be possible to benefit non-native speakers and beginners. – Kris Apr 24 '18 at 6:54

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