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"Belong to" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "pertenecer a", and "belong" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "ser de". Learn more about the difference between "belong to" and "belong" below.
belong to(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to be the property of)
a. pertenecer a
These books belong to my father.Estos libros pertenecen a mi padre.
b. ser de
This video belongs to the library.Este video es de la biblioteca.
2. (to be affiliated with)
a. pertenecer a
I belong to a local chapter of a global not-for-profit organization.Pertenezco a una sección local de una organización global sin fines de lucro.
b. ser miembro de
Lena belongs to the local Girl Scouts group.Lena es miembro del grupo local de las Chicas Exploradoras.
3. (to be part of something)
a. ser de
This ribbon belongs to my pink dress.Esta cinta es de mi vestido rosado.
b. pertenecer a
This attachment belongs to the vacuum cleaner.Este accesorio pertenece a la aspiradora.
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belong(
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to be the property of; used with "to")
a. ser de
This sweater belongs to my brother.Este jersey es de mi hermano.
b. pertenecer a
These books belong to the library.Estos libros pertenecen a la biblioteca.
2. (to be affiliated to)
a. pertenecer a
It's not compulsory to belong to this association in order to become a politician.No es obligatorio pertenecer a esta asociación para llegar a ser político.
b. ser miembro de
My uncle belongs to the sailing club.Mi tío es miembro del club de vela.
3. (to be a part of something)
a. ser de
This pin belongs to my earring; I had lost it.Esta barrita es de mi pendiente; se me había perdido.
b. pertenece a
This button belongs to the pirate costume.Este botón le pertenece al disfraz de pirata.
4. (to be in the proper place)
a. ir
The cutting board for the fish belongs in the right cabinet.La tabla de cortar pescado va en el armario de la derecha.
5. (to fit in)
a. encajar
It's the first time that I feel that I belong in a group.Por primera vez siento que encajo en un grupo.
6. (to be properly classified)
a. ir
The basket belongs to the desk.La papelera va con el escritorio.
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