Are these sentences interchangeable?

  • “Canberra is to the south of Sydney.”

  • “Canberra is to Sydney’s south.”

    I know that the structure in the former is correct, but I wonder if I can use the latter to mean the same thing. I am not sure if it is correct or not. I feel like the latter might be wrong, but I think it is more likely that it is correct. What I mean is that Canberra lies to the south of Sydney.

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    The latter is not idiomatic. – user100323 Apr 14 at 1:25
  • @user100323, not true: depends on context. E.G., "What cites are around Sydney?" "“Canberra is to Sydney’s south, and Newcastle is to it's north.” (Not to mention Wagga Wagga!!) – DrMoishe Pippik Apr 14 at 2:06

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