What is the difference between “belong to” and “belongs to”?


In English, we have to conjugate verbs in accordance to the appropriate tense and grammatical person being used in the overall sentence.

By this I mean that if the sentence is referring to the past you should use a Past Tense, if the sentence is referring to the present or future you should use a Present or Future Tense, and so on.

When we talk about a grammatical person, we mean the first, second, third person singular or the first, second and third person plural such as I, you, he, she, it, we, they. 

Belong to and belongs to are both in the Present Simple Tense but they are referring to different people. “Belong to” could be referring to the grammatical person  “I” “you” “we” or “they” whereas “belongs to” can only refer to the third person singular “he” “she” or “it”.

Below are some examples of how to use “belong to” and “belongs to”:

  • “I belong to the Methodist Church” the woman stated proudly.
  • He belongs to her and she belongs to him.
  • “Who does this mobile phone belong to?” the teacher asked the students. “It belongs to James” they replied.
  • “What tribe do you belong to?” the Elder asked the stranger.
  • We belong to the Twenty-first Century, the century where anything is possible and everything is changing.
  • “Where do the books belong?” “They belong in the library” the student replied to the librarian.


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