Two constructions are used in English language:

1. non + ‘s or
2. of + noun


The construction noun + ‘s is used of nouns denoting living beings, time and in some other cases.



But the construction of + noun can also be used in all these cases – excepting some set phrases – as well as with nouns denoting inanimate objects and adjectives used in the function of a noun in the plural.


Five miles run. A run of five miles.
The sun’s light. The light of the sun.
The bird’s song. A song of the bird.

When persons are concerned, the construction noun + s is preferred.

This page is about The Constructions.

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