I found the following sentence(1) on p. 96 in the Reader's Digest, 2003, Oct.
(1) This little sprig is a cutting from a 3000-year-old olive tree. Probably the oldest one in Europe, maybe the world

Is another "in" not necessary before "the world"?.
If the answer is no, or either is acceptable, what's the difference?

Thank you.


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Using "in" before each of the noun phrases sounds better. It makes the parallel situation very clear.

You could do without the second "in," since "in" governs both phrases and is understood. But it is surely more comfortable to use "in" twice.

When looking at that sentence, or hearing it, the reader/hearer would put the second "in" in the sentence mentally. There's no difference in meaning, but it is smoother to couch both noun phrases in equal environments.


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