The city sprawls between desert to its south and mountains to north

Discussion in 'English Only' started by supermarioutd, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. supermarioutd Senior Member

    Hello everyone.

    Let's say there is a huge sprawling city that is located between a large desert and a massive mountain range. Does this sentence work for describing that city?:

    The city sprawls between a large desert to its south and high mountains to the north.

    If this does not work, please tell me another way which works.

    Thanks in advance
  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    I think it's okay, provided that it borders both the mountains and the desert.
  3. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Senior Member

    Cumbria, UK
    British English
    I would not use "its" in this situation, but would use "the" for both.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
  4. Chez Senior Member

    English English
    I agree with Newt that the sentence implies that the city sprawls the whole way between the edge of the desert and the mountain range. If that's true, that's fine.

    If not, you'd need to say something like: sprawls across the plain/valley/grassland etc that lies between the desert and the mountain range (then the plain/valley/grassland stretches between the two points, but the city may only sprawl across part of the distance).
  5. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
  6. supermarioutd Senior Member

    Other than that it's okay?
  7. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    It sounds fine to me.

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