Why do we always use で in the following situations? 日本で一番寒い月は二月です。 日本で一番高い山は富士山です。 Why can`t we use use に here? There is no action in these sentences yet we use で,rather we are indicating the place of existence.

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    Where did 世界で go in your example sentences?
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 10:46
  • Possibly related: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/9846/…
    – ssb
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 11:23
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    @user1205935 つっこみワロタww
    – user1016
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 12:17

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I don't think this indicates a place of existence (February is not located in Japan), but a limitation/focusing on the statement that follows: Considering the weather in Japan, February is the coldest month. Out of mountains that are in Japan, Mount Fuji is the tallest, etc.

This で can be used with non-location words:

チーターは陸上{りくじょう}の動物で一番速いです (Cheetahs are the fastest land animals)

家族で一番強い人は姉です (My sister is the strongest person in my family)

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