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Why is it "on earth" not "on the earth"?


"The first people lived on earth about seven million years ago."

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Tara2Why is it "on earth" not "on the earth"?

You can do it either way. If a writer omits "the", he's probably thinking of "earth" as if it's the proper name of our planet but without capitalizing it.

CJ

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Thanks a lot!!!

If the writer doesn't mean a proper name, what does that mean, please?

Tara2If the writer doesn't mean a proper name, what does that mean, please?

It means the surface of the earth that we all live on — the ground, the mountains, the valleys, and so on.

Either way it amounts to the same thing. This is not a case where the presence or absence of "the" makes much difference.

CJ

Thank you so much, CJ!!!

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Sorry CJ, should it be "earth" here not "Earth", please?


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