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    "in" or "on" a peninsula

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    Just came across the usage "in the Iberian peninsula," which sounds strange to my American ears... I would say "on" a peninsula...

    Google seems to suggest that both are acceptable. Can LEOs confirm?
    Verfasser German Tarheel (EY) (147393) 06 Feb. 14, 10:11
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    Google is all-embracing:

    16800000 at the Iberian peninsula
    24900000 in the Iberian peninsula
    21100000 on the Iberian peninsula
    #1Verfasser ad.joe (236303) 06 Feb. 14, 10:23
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    Google notwithstanding, "at" sounds completely wrong to me. I was more interested in the feedback from native speakers about which usage strikes them as correct.

    The Google search turns up this gem of asentence in the first page of answers, which is why I don't want to rely just on Google: "One of the most popular people to ever settle at the Iberian Peninsula was the Iberians, in which how the Iberian Peninsula got it's name."

    It seems the majority of qualified usages of "at" are in a climatic or geologic sense, which I can understand. I didn't give any context for my original example. It's about "Islam and Nationalism ___ the Iberian Peninsula"
    #2Verfasser German Tarheel (EY) (147393) 06 Feb. 14, 10:39
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    Google Books ngram results might be more useful:

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content...

    Of course the Google results include phrases like "in the Iberian Peninsula region".

    If I think of it as a peninsula, "on" seems more appropriate.
    If I think of it simply as the name of a region, "in" doesn't sound so odd.
    #3VerfasserMikeE (236602) 06 Feb. 14, 10:43
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    There are peninsulas and peninsulas (sizewise). But I think I would only ever say 'on'.
    #4Verfasser escoville (237761) 06 Feb. 14, 11:32
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    Im Deutschen gibt es dieses Problem auch. Zumindest bei Inseln.
    Auf/in Mallorca?

    Ich würde immer "auf" verwenden, wenn ich den Inselcharakter betone.
    Lege ich die Betonung auf das Land / den Staat, dann "in".

    Z.B.: Meine Sommerferien habe ich in Irland verbracht.

    Denken die ENS da vielleicht ähnlich?

    #5Verfasser Fragezeichen (240970) 06 Feb. 14, 12:48
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    #5 sounds right.

    Note this distinction, which I think all speakers of AE would follow:

    We had a lot of fun in Hawaii.

    cf.

    We had a lot of fun on Maui.
    #6VerfasserHappyWarrior (964133) 06 Feb. 14, 12:52
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    #7Verfasser Harri Beau (812872) 06 Feb. 14, 13:36
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    #8Verfasser no me bré (700807) 06 Feb. 14, 13:56
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    #9Verfasser Harri Beau (812872) 06 Feb. 14, 13:57
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    It depends on what image is conjured up, I think; in a town/place, on an island, in a region, on a peninsular -"Halbinsel".
    #10Verfassermikefm (760309) 06 Feb. 14, 13:59
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    Note this distinction, which I think all speakers of AE would follow:
    We had a lot of fun in Hawaii.


    It depends on whether you mean in (the state of) Hawaii, perhaps actually on Maui, for example, or on (the island of) Hawaii, so not on Maui, Oahu, etc.

    #11Verfasser SD3 (451227) 07 Feb. 14, 07:58
     
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