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    somewhere around northern (country)

    Hello, again!

    I'd like to know if this underlined bit of text is correct and whether it sounds natural or not:

    "So, where are we going?" Joe tapped his fingers on the dashboard, and continued to blow gum bubbles.
    "I don't know," Mark changed gears, silently, waiting for some reaction that never came.
    "Maybe somewhere around Southern Italy. It's supposed to be cold, yeah?. I think you'd like that."


    In the south of Italy sounds bad to me so I wanted to check if the alternative above is fine.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    Please tell us the source and author of your quoted text, lolipop.

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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    It's me. I'm writing a novel!

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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    The alternative is fine, but don't capitalise southern.

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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    In the south of Italy is natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    Oh! Is that so in everyday conversation, too? I'd read in some other websites that native English-speakers considered it quite the odd construction. Maybe it's a regional thing, though!

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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    I personally prefer "In southern Italy". Both are correct.

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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    The usual way to refer to southern France is the south of France. I don't see any reason to avoid the same formula for Italy.
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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    Quote Originally Posted by lolipop90 View Post
    It's me. I'm writing a novel!
    If you want us to edit your writing, lolipop, please use the Editing & Writing Topics forum.

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    Re: somewhere around northern (country)

    Oh, I'm sorry. I thought my questions about English usage would be deemed all too elemental there! I will do so if you suggest it, though!

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