I often see "the dangers of xyz", but not "xyz dangers". Is this idiomatic? Are these two sentences equivalent in meaning?

Noun of noun: "Click here to learn more about the dangers of skydiving"

Attributive/compound noun: "Click here to learn more about skydiving dangers"

Is there a clearcut rule for when to use either form, or do we have to go based on what sounds right for any given combo of nouns?

"New flavors of ice cream" and "new ice cream flavors" both sound right? "Benefits of sleep" sounds better than "sleep benefits"?

Also is "skydiving dangers" a compound noun? Or is "skydiving" an attributive noun here?

  • I don't think there's a rule, just common idioms. – Barmar Oct 7 at 22:51
  • I've heard "sleep benefits" many times. I think you can usually use both forms. – Barmar Oct 7 at 22:51

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