Based on the this post, I conclude that I can say

  • Nebraska is to the north of Kansas.
  • Oklahoma is to the south of Kansas.
  • Colorado is to the west of Kansas.
  • Missouri is to the east of Kansas.

Now, if I want to convey all of the sentences above by a single sentence, how should I phrase it? I want to create a concise sentence.

Based on that post, I think the prepositional phrases act as adverbs and therefore, I came up with this:

Kansas is limited by Nebraska to the north, Oklahoma to the south, Colorado to the west, Missouri to the east.

Does it make any sense? If No, would you tell me how create the sentence?

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    bordered to the north by Nebraska.
    – Lambie
    Jul 3, 2017 at 19:32
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    bordered to the north is not unknown, but neither is it preferred over bordered on the north. books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – TimR
    Jul 3, 2017 at 20:27
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    @P. E. Dant: the passive sounds quite natural to me in this context, where the subject is surrounded by the other states.
    – TimR
    Jul 4, 2017 at 10:11
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    @Cardinal: indeed we can. google.com/…
    – TimR
    Jul 4, 2017 at 10:14
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    I am not an ngram groupie by any means, but bounded by is favored in both BrE and AmE by a small margin. However, bordered seems to be the more frequent usage in cartography as we advance in time. Jul 4, 2017 at 18:32

2 Answers 2


The word you're looking for is bordered

Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north, Oklahoma on the south, Colorado on the west and Missouri on the east.


The noun boundary comes from the verb to bound, and the relationship you want to express is often rendered by using that verb:

Kansas is bounded on the North by Nebraska, on the South by Oklahoma, and on the East and West by Missouri and Colorado, respectively.

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