https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

"Alle von euch werden wieder zu uns gehören!"

April 2, 2013

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

Sounds rather feudal.

April 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

It's 'belong to' in the sense of a membership.

April 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

Ah! So it's more like "All of you will belong to [our club] again"?

April 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

yes.

April 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

Thank you. That's not a usage I would have thought of, and it is a much more . . . comfortable meaning.

April 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kctaurus

"All of you will be affiliated with us again" sounds better to me. To show membership of a group, I'd use "angehören" instead of simply "gehören". Der Mann gehört dem Verein an. (The man belongs to the club.) You keep the dative case for the object of "angehören", too.

July 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sholem

Can someone explain why "belong to us again" is "...wieder zu uns gehören," but "always belong to me" is "...immer mir gehören"? i.e. why is the "zu" absent in the latter case?

April 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kenkindaichi

I have the same question...

May 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kctaurus

Gehören is a dative verb, meaning that any object of the verb "gehören" will be in the dative case. The "zu" is not necessary, but can be used to stress to whom something belongs.

July 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

I disagree. The "zu" makes a big difference. "Zu jemandem gehören" can be used to express an affiliation. "Jemandem gehören" means possession. "Ich gehöre zu euch" = "I belong to your group", "Ich gehöre euch" = "I am your property / You can decide about me". Not quite the same thing, I'd say.

July 6, 2013
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