OF the world or IN the world.

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Vietnamese - English
Hi everyone. I have a question in my Toiec curriculum. This is : "One of the most mysterious places _____ world is a small island off the coast of South America called Easter Island".
The suggestions are : "OF THE" & "IN THE"
The answer of the Curriculum is "IN The" and i do not understand why. So someone can tell me what difference between "of the" and "in the" in this case.
Thanks for reading. :D
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    "In the world" is natural and idiomatic in that phrase, Slacker07: It is one of the most mysterious places in the world. "Of the world" has a similar meaning in that context, but "of" is not natural in that phrase.

    When people use the phrase "in the world", they are thinking of the world as a large space or area in which things appear or happen.
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    English - USA
    Adding to owlman5, I think it's not so much a matter of logic, as it is custom. You could say, "One of the world's most mysterious places..." but usually places are in the world, not of the world.
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