Belong or Belonging

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There are a few verbs in English that tend not to be used in their continuous (~ing) form. Belong is one of them. Simply, something belongs or it does not.

Examples:

He belongs to the rugby team. CORRECT

He is belonging to the rugby team. INCORRECT

There are two times when you can use ‘belonging’, one as a noun, one as a gerund (~ing verb used to describe an action as a noun)/

Noun

Whose belonging is this?

Even then, it is normally used as a plural (‘belongings’), or would be rephrased as:

Who does this belong to? (STRICTLY INCORRECT BUT MOST COMMONLY USED) OR

To whom does this belong? (CORRECT BUT SELDOM USED)

Gerund

I like belonging to the dance club at college.