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Dear friends in this site.

Which of the following is NOT grammatically correct?

a. The red car is belonging to me tomorrow.

b. That tree is going to fall tomorrow.

I have been taught that "belong" cannot be used the progressive form. However, I think the be belonging is not the progressive one, but expresses the future because we already know the possibility of substituting the progressive form for the future tense, such as "I'm going to have a party", etc.

Would you please explain to me?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi,

If you said to me, 'The red car is belonging to me tomorrow', I would have no idea what you meant.

Best wishes, Clive
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Dear friend,

as Clive said, a option seems bizarre to native speakers; belong, have, contain, etc. may be called 'verbs of being and having' - they cannot be progressive when they are used in the following meanings:

She belongs to the golf club. <... is a member of...>
The box contains five a necklace. <A necklace is in the box.>
...

The term 'progressive' refers to the structure be + the base of the verb+ -ing, no matter whether it refers to the future or the present.

Respectfully, Gleb Chebrikoff
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iiluvpsychoWhich of the following is NOT grammatically correct?

a. The red car is belonging to me tomorrow.

b. That tree is going to fall tomorrow.
The first is not correct.
iiluvpsychoI think the be belonging is not the progressive one
Well, you think wrong! If it has -ing, it's progressive. That's as simple as it gets. belong in its progressive form is belonging. contain in its progressive form is containing. be in its progressive form is being. If a verb cannot be used in its progressive form, it means it can't be used with -ingon the end. Emotion: smile

CJ
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