biggest isle <in><of> the Mediterranean

Gabriele8512

Senior Member
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?

Thanks

G.
 
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  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    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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