Olga
Border or Border on? Hello! Could you please answer if I need to use preposition "on" after the verb "border"? For example: Canada borders the USA OR Canada borders on the USA? Or both variants are possible?
Nov 21, 2016 10:23 PM
Answers · 5
I would say either: "Canada shares a border with the USA". Or "Canada shares its border with the USA".
November 22, 2016
Both answers sound pretty natural to me. "Canada borders the U.S." is probably the best, though, because it sounds a bit more natural.
November 21, 2016
Thank you so much!
November 22, 2016
@Ben Corey: "borders on" is probably too generous as applies to Mr. Trump. :D
November 21, 2016
As a native English speaker, to me it sounds more natural to say that Canada "borders" the USA. I tend to use "borders on" to describe when something is close to becoming someway...for example: "Donald Trump borders on insanity." so as to say (more simply), "Donald Trump is 'very close' to being insane." "Borders" I would use in a literal sense, whereas "borders on" naturally takes on a more figurative sense (in my mind). I hope that helps!
November 21, 2016
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