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Reply to "rivers in the USA vs rivers of the USA"

@alexey-86 posted:

Would there be any difference in meaning between "The rivers in the USA are beautiful" and "The rivers of the USA are beautiful"?

It seems to me that the former puts more stress on "in the USA" as if I were contrasting the USA with other countries while the latter doesn't imply comparison and simply says something about the USA. What do you think?

Alexey, David has told you that the two sentences are synonymous, the one with "in" being more idiomatic than the one with "of." In my experience, and much as it is used, the preposition "of" is not very popular when it comes to idiomaticity and tends to be replaced with others in certain cases, for example, with "in" in locative contexts. Another case that comes to mind is that of superlatives:

- She is the most beautiful girl in the neighborhood. (More idiomatic than "...of the neighborhood").

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