Which of the following sentences sound natural? I think the second sentence sounds a lot more natural and I suppose the first sentence would be a bit odd. Am I correct?

Which country does pasta belong to?

What country does paste originate from /come from?

Thanks for reading.

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    An even more idiomatic sentence would be Where does pasta come from? Most people will understand that you're talking about the country; if they don't, they will ask. Aug 15, 2018 at 19:11
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    I think the second sentence sounds a lot more natural and I suppose the first sentence would be a bit odd. Am I correct? Yes, I'd say so as a native en-CA speaker
    – wrymug
    Aug 15, 2018 at 19:59

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When I see "belong to" I think about money. "This money belongs to me because I earned it". Food (pasta) on the other hand belongs to the one who made it in their own kitchen or wherever. But the idea can originate from some country. So you are right, the second sentence sounds more natural.


'Belong to' means being owned by. So if you made the pasta in your kitchen, it belongs to you.

'Originate from' means to happen for the first time ever. So wherever pasta was made the first time, that's where it originated from. So this is more natural.

Side note- You can belong to any person. You originated from your parents. It's as simple as that for pasta too.

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  • I edited it. Is it good enough now?
    – User12345
    Sep 13, 2018 at 13:29

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