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I'm not a native English speaker, but whenever I see the label "Belongs on ..." makes me feel it should be "Belongs to ..." somehow? Can someone explain the wording?

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interesting questions... one of those things that comes naturally to a native speaker, but most of us can't really come up with the reason why. – Kip Jul 19 '09 at 2:41
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The word "belongs" can be used in a broader sense, without "to". For example, "the suitcase belongs on top of the wardrobe". Since you would say a post was "on superuser", it's correct to say "belongs on superuser" in that context.

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It's kinda ironic I think, as when the question gets moved to the appropriate site, it belongs to that site from then. – akarnokd Jul 18 '09 at 21:32
The sites are locations, not entities. Even after it is moved it belongs 'on' that site as the sites aren't possessive. – Ian Elliott Jul 18 '09 at 21:38
Thank you both. – akarnokd Jul 18 '09 at 21:43

Belongs on refers to a place to where it has to be kept?

Belongs to refers to a person that owns it?

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It might also help you to review the definition of "site":


  1. The place where a structure or group of structures was, is, or is to be located: a good site for the school.
  2. The place or setting of something: a historic site; a job site.
  3. A website.

Note that 1 and 2 refer to a location in the physical world, while 3 builds on these to establish a metaphor: a page or set of pages on a given host can be thought of as similar to to structures on a particular piece of ground.

So if a question is a structure (say... a bike shed), then it belongs on a piece of ground somewhere - and the close reasons establish that it was originally constructed on the wrong site.

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