Showing Relationship Between Nouns
Definite al-iDaafa الإضافة
One of the most common grammatical constructions in Arabic is the al-iDaafa الإضافة. It is formed by placing two (or more) nouns back to back to show that they are related to one another.
This type of construction is used in many ways, such as to present the names of things and places:
It can also be used to express possession:
You might be tempted to use a full English-based translation when expressing a relationship between two nouns, complete with articles and prepositions (e.g. "the city of Chicago" or "the dear one of Amira"), but don't! Arabic is so much easier: it's four words for the effort of two!