I had participated in a quiz recently and one of the questions was 'which is the largest island in the world?'. I wrote Australia as the answer remembering that it was the 5th largest country in the world and none of the top 4 were islands.
However (and rather dreadfully) the answer given was Greenland.I took this up with the committee providing the solutions, but they simply said that Australia isn't an island and is a continental mass?
I googled it and found the same argument online which seemed to confirm that Greenland was the largest island.
But Australia is a country and the collection of islands which is a continent (more accurately described as Oceania ) is sometimes called Australia. Neither of these names would still change the fact that Australia (the country) being an island is the largest island in the world! Can someone please clarify this for me?