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    Straddle

    Basel has two train stations straddling three countries. The huge Basel SBB is the main one, most of it in Switzerland, although all trains from France terminate in an area known as Bâle SNCF which is in French territory; you’ll have to go through passport control to reach the station proper.

    Is it correct to write 'straddling three countries'?

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    Re: Straddle

    It's an unusual usage of straddling, but as the meaning is clear, it's acceptable to me.

    Rover

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    Re: Straddle

    I figure each of the two stations straddles two countries so together they are in three. Is that right?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Straddle

    For me, straddles is a line.
    You have a garden and it bisects a small canal.
    Then the canal straddles my garden.
    I don't know everything.

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    Re: Straddle

    NOT A TEACHER


    Thank you, Tina, for that charming piece of travel news.

    Google has told me:

    1. Basel is at the intersection of Switzerland, France, and Germany.

    2. "All three of Basel's stations are in the heart of the city. The Swiss SBB and French SNCF stations are

    part of the same building to the south of the Rhine. While the German Basel Badischer Bahnhof is a short

    tram ride to the north." -- raileurope.about.com.

    3. I am not a good reader, but maybe (repeat: maybe), your sentence should read:

    Basel has three stations, two of which share the same building that straddles two countries.

    4. Yes, my dictionary tells me that "straddle" can mean "to be situated on both sides of." Its example:

    "a mountain range straddling the Franco-Swiss border." -- The New Oxford American Dictionary.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: Straddle

    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    For me, straddles is a line.
    You have a garden and it bisects a small canal.
    Then the canal straddles my garden.
    I don't know everything.
    If you have a garden which is bisected by a canal, the canal bisects the garden, it doesn't straddle it.

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    Re: Straddle

    A bridge might straddle the canal.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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