biggest isle <in><of> the Mediterranean


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Italian - Italy
Sicily is the biggest isle IN the Mediterranean Sea

Sicily is the biggest isle OF the Mediterranean Sea

Which one sounds better to you? What would you say?


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  • Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    "Island" is the normal word. "Isle" tends to be used:
    (1) when it is part of the name, or used in conjunction with the name: The Isle of Wight, the isle of Sicily.
    (2) in a poetic context: This septic isle :cool: (or even sceptred).
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