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    "belong"

    I have a question about the word “belong”.
    This word can’t be used in a passive sentence, can it?

    For example, I want to say (in a formal document, like guidance issued by the government):

    “…at a medical institution to which a doctor who has agreed to cooperate in the immunization program in response to the request by the mayor of the municipality belongs”.

    Obviously, the blue part is too long, and “to which” and “belong” are too far from each other.

    But I don’t think it’s correct say “...at a medical institution which is belonged to by a doctor who has agreed to cooperate in the immunization program in response to the request by the mayor of the municipality”.

    Are there any good ways to say “which is belonged to correctly?



    (If the whole sentence is necessary, this is it.)
    The mayor of each municipality should pay benefits in accordance with the status of the health damage, if the vaccine recipient goes into a state of impairment or dies after receiving the vaccine at a medical institution with a doctor who has agreed to cooperate in the immunization program in response to the request by the mayor of the municipality, and if the health damage is considered to have occurred due to the immunization with the vaccine.





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    #2

    Re: "belong"

    No, it doesn't work that way. You may belong to a group, but the group has you as a member.

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    Re: "belong"

    ...at a medical institution that a doctor who has agreed to cooperate in the immunization program in response to the request by the mayor of the municipality belongs to.

    Or find another verb. At a medical institution associated with a doctor who has...

    Or rewrite. One doctor has agreed... municipality. The [whatever it is] will occur at the medical facility this doctor belongs to.

    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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    #4

    Re: "belong"

    JUST A NORMAL STUDENT
    I think if a verb is intransitive only, it will be only in active sentences correctly, "belong" is an example of an intransitive verb, won't it? So there are many other verbs working the same way to "belong"!
    Thank you!

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    Re: "belong"

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    JUST A NORMAL STUDENT
    I think if a verb is intransitive only, it will be only in active sentences correctly. "Belong" is an example of an intransitive verb, isn't it? So there are many other verbs working the same way to "belong"!
    Thank you!
    Yes, "belong" is intransitive, and yes, only transitive verbs can be used in a passive structure. And yes, many, MANY verbs cannot be used to form the passive because they cannot take a direct object.
    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: "belong"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D;763365
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    Or find another verb. At a medical institution associated with a doctor who has...[/FONT]
    Thank you.
    Are there any verbs that have a meaning closer to "belong" than "associated"?
    I think "belong" and "associated" have different meanings in this case.
    Last edited by pinkie9; 15-Jun-2011 at 23:57.

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    #7

    Re: "belong"

    At the hospital of a doctor who has agreed ....

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    #8

    Re: "belong"

    Thank you, but doesn't "of" cause misunderstanding that the doctor owns the hospital?

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    Re: "belong"

    I don't know of any hospitals owned by doctors, though there may be some in the US. Outside of the US, no one would interpret it that way.

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    Re: "belong"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I don't know of any hospitals owned by doctors, though there may be some in the US. Outside of the US, no one would interpret it that way.
    But what I wrote is a "medical institution (which can be a small clinic owned by a doctor)", not a "hospital".

    How about "a medical institution with a doctor"? Would it mean the doctor belongs to the institution?

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