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    Talking IN the world vs. OF the world

    While I was reading a document, I found one missing preposition. The sentence was: I am happy to see the keen interest of our young students to become a vital part of this very soon to be the biggest industry [ ] the world.
    I read it fast and "in" came first out of my mouth. "in the world" sounded okay to me. However, "of" came up as an afterthought. Is there a distinct rule that seperates the areas of "in" and "of" when they're used like this, with "the world?" Or is this simply a matter of colloquial expression? And would you be so kind as to show me some examples?

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    Re: IN the world vs. OF the world

    Please note I'm not a teacher.

    After superlatives, in is often used with a word referring to a place or group.

    the best in the world/ in the team / in the family/ in the hotel / in the class etc.

    of is often used with periods of time, plurals and pronouns

    the best of all / of us / of them / of the men etc.

    You can also say the world's best / biggest / fastest etc.

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