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    #1

    belong with / to

    When talking about who the mother of a baby is...

    1. The baby doens't belong to her.
    2. The baby doesn't belong with her.

    Which is correct? If both are correct, is there any difference in the meaning?

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    #2

    Re: belong with / to

    Neither sentence is natural.

    'She is not the baby's mother.'

    'The baby is not hers.'

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    Re: belong with / to

    Mayby there's a difference between AmE and BrE?
    I heard it in an American TV drama.
    In the drama, an American girl said "That baby doesn't belong with you" to a woman.
    I was not familiar with "belong with", so I wanted to ask.

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    #4

    Re: belong with / to

    There may be contexts in which that would work, but as it stands, it is not natural in AmE either.

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    #5

    Re: belong with / to

    Could it be used when it is the woman's baby but her behaviour or standards make her unsuitable for the role of mother?

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    Re: belong with / to

    "Belong to" denotes possession. This book belongs to me.

    "Belong with" speaks to the appropriateness of associating or grouping something. His English is pretty good, but he does not belong with the advanced English students.

    Lovers say that "you belong with me" because the world feels right and just when the object of one's love is by one's side.

    In this particular case, if the mother in question is unfit, it would be natural to say that the baby does not belong with her. The baby deserves to be with someone better.

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