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When Should Earth Be Capitalized?

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When it comes to writing, this common English word confuses many native speakers who aren’t sure whether to use Earth or earth. Why is this an issue? Earth can be either a proper noun or a common noun. In English, proper nouns (nouns which signify a particular person, place, or thing) are capitalized.

Following this rule, when Earth is discussed as a specific planet or celestial body, it is capitalized: It takes six to eight months to travel from Earth to Mars. When Earth is a proper noun, the is usually omitted.

When you are talking about the ground or soil as a surface or stratum, then you must lowercase the word: The archaeologists excavated the earth at the site. It is acceptable to leave earth lowercase and use the with earth if you are talking about it as the planet we live on: The earth rotates on its axis.

Keep in mind that idioms follow their own rules. Down to earth, what on earth, and move heaven and earth do not capitalize the planet, and four corners of the earth or salt of the earth take the definite article. Also note, there is a town called Earth, Texas. Since it’s a proper noun, it is always capitalized.

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194 Comments

  1. Eddie Vedder -  August 18, 2016 - 4:42 pm

    The earth is my playground!

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  2. bangtanstan -  July 18, 2016 - 10:18 am

    Any ARMYs here?

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    • THAT HOMIE FRED` -  August 8, 2016 - 12:51 pm

      hoo-ra

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      • QUECK -  August 15, 2016 - 4:18 am

        ArMY. not MARINES

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  3. Bienvenu M. -  July 14, 2016 - 3:37 am

    This remind me how great God is , knowing that both Earth and earth were made by him. Why not being grateful to him my dears ?

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  4. Hans -  July 9, 2016 - 8:27 am

    You guys know the difference between internet and Internet? There is a huge difference!

    Reply
  5. RC -  June 23, 2016 - 11:09 am

    OMG!! Taylor swift!! Im such a huge fan!!!

    Reply
    • Mark Davidson -  August 6, 2016 - 7:47 am

      Isn’t that random, because I do not see Taylor Swift’s name mentioned in the article.

      Reply
  6. frisco ruffner -  May 14, 2016 - 2:03 am

    I would like to know more about how to use a computer.

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    • memes -  June 1, 2016 - 3:02 am

      same u r dank

      Reply
    • ally -  June 6, 2016 - 4:35 pm

      i don’t think you need to learn how to use a computer if you on on the internet and wrote a message

      Reply
  7. Taylor Swift -  May 11, 2016 - 4:09 pm

    I think that this is very helpful and cool. Thinking about the planet is making me want to write a song about Earth. Because Earth rocks!

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    • A Big Taylor Swift Fan -  May 11, 2016 - 4:11 pm

      OMG I totally agree! Earth is so cool!

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      • Tay Swift is mediocre at best -  May 18, 2016 - 7:13 pm

        I’m surprised at how many comments there are. Dank.

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        • Tay Not Swift -  July 28, 2016 - 7:42 am

          don’t talk to my fans that way

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      • Shivani -  May 21, 2016 - 2:40 pm

        Totally

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      • John -  May 24, 2016 - 5:54 am

        After I’m gone, your world will continue to exist as one of my satellites. And that’s the way it’s going to be.

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        • John Bollinger -  June 13, 2016 - 3:02 am

          And I, for one, welcome my new overlord of satellites!
          So there!

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        • Mark Davidson -  August 6, 2016 - 7:49 am

          Why?

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    • Selena Gomez -  June 26, 2016 - 4:27 pm

      OMG Taylor! I was so gonna do that first!

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      • Earth -  July 20, 2016 - 8:53 am

        i want to ask u a question :)

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      • Earth -  July 20, 2016 - 9:17 am

        Selena

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    • Miley Cyrus -  June 26, 2016 - 4:31 pm

      Taylor, no. I already started writing a song about that.

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  8. Devendra Singh Chauhan -  May 5, 2016 - 12:17 am

    Great feeling for mother EARTH…
    than PLANTS

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  9. Tom -  May 4, 2016 - 4:51 am

    A ton of brain cells have died during this exercise.
    Lets just call it what it is … dirt … and get on with it.

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  10. Anonymous News Spreader -  May 3, 2016 - 4:06 pm

    I like trains. And I still don’t see the difference inbetween earth and Earth. LOL…..

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    • Trains R dumb -  May 5, 2016 - 7:55 am

      No correlation

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      • triggered -  May 10, 2016 - 5:36 pm

        I’m trainsgender okay

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  11. Matthew niedzielski -  May 3, 2016 - 4:52 am

    You hold capitalize it when you putt in the a sentence

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    • Anonymous -  June 26, 2016 - 4:30 pm

      butt

      Reply
  12. Nevaeh King -  May 2, 2016 - 11:19 am

    EARTH should always be capitalized because it is mother nature.

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    • Tara -  May 12, 2016 - 9:16 am

      I agree with you it should always be capitol.

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  13. salvador paragas -  May 2, 2016 - 9:18 am

    Gaia’s Revenge.

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  14. John Cena -  May 2, 2016 - 6:54 am

    “Earth” should always be capitalized because it is a proper noun.

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    • Linda -  May 3, 2016 - 5:35 am

      NO it’s only when referred to as a proper noun – when referred to in the context of soil or soil, it’s simply earth.

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  15. Gul -  May 2, 2016 - 2:55 am

    Thank you all for the information. Here in our country, the pronunciation of “earth” is a heck of problem too.

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    • ed -  August 18, 2016 - 6:46 am

      There is the pronunciation “EAR-TH”and “UHRTH”. which is your favorite?

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  16. Eliza Beth -  May 1, 2016 - 11:29 pm

    It is my understanding that Earth is a name and names are always capitalized. Is it that simple? Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks ; )

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  17. Eliza Beth -  May 1, 2016 - 11:22 pm

    Wow, it is amazing how many people go out of their way just to PUBLICLY point out someone else’s mistake (typo for example) It is not polite to point out of a simple oversight. Doing so only shows one’s negative intent. Ya, we all saw it but we’re all human and we ALL make mistakes. Resist that awful urge next time now that you know better. CHARACTER COUNTS!!!

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  18. maritess reyes pucio -  May 1, 2016 - 5:05 pm

    Dictionary.com has been a very helpful site to me. Very reliable and very helpful. I also have its icon on my mobile phone, readily available, so it’s easily accessible wherever I am. Thanks so much.

    Reply
  19. Will Smith -  April 29, 2016 - 8:25 pm

    I always capitalize the E in Erf, as in, “Welcome to Erf.”

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  20. Mr. Fingersnatch -  April 28, 2016 - 7:55 pm

    THE EARTH HAS ALREADY BEEN CAPITALIZED, JUST LIKE IT SHOULD BE. THE LEFTISTS WILL HAVE YOU BELIEVE THAT “SOCIALISM” IS A “FAIR” AND “EQUAL” SYSTEM. WELL I FOUGHT IN THE GULF WAR AND I KNOW A COMMUNIST WHEN I SEE ONE, ESPECIALLY WHEN HES HOLDING AN AK 47 AND POINTING IT AT YOUR FACE AND READY TO KILL YOU JUST BECAUSE HE WANTS FREE POTATOES OR WHATEVER FOR HIS FAMILY WHEN HE CANT EVEN FIND A DECENT JOB. WELL YOU KNOW WHAT I SAY, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE IT COSTS ABOUT A BUCK O FIVE OKAY THANKS

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    • Adia -  April 29, 2016 - 12:15 pm

      Wow man chill I mean we should leave it as it is but don’t be so rude gosh.

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      • christyanah -  May 19, 2016 - 5:40 pm

        OMG you know you just have to keep calm OKay : /

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    • Fred -  April 29, 2016 - 6:06 pm

      The earth was here before microorganisms even existed first of all. Second of all, microorganisms do not have a written language, and most likely they wouldn’t know what capitalization means, much less a word or a letter mean.

      How is it fair to say that we should capitalize a planet that was run my microorganisms who colonized earth before DINOSAURS WERE EVEN HERE. Neither one of those life forms can even spell!

      Humans were the first macroorganisms on Mars so it should be capitalized, but don’t take earth away from the micros! Pick on somebody your own size!

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    • Peggy -  April 29, 2016 - 6:18 pm

      I’m a political liberal, but I don’t want to live under communism. None of my liberal friends want that, but we do want a system that is fair to all. It is not right for 1% of the US population who has most of the money does not spend on businesses, etc. that provide jobs for for the workers. They don’t even want to pay their fair share of taxes, which is proven by hiding their money in foreign countries for money laundering. I guess one could say that I am a social liberal, I wouldn’t mind that.

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    • Guigno -  May 1, 2016 - 3:16 am

      Are you sure you live in a free country?

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      • Mr. Fingersnatch -  May 10, 2016 - 5:45 pm

        NO

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    • Jacob Davis -  May 1, 2016 - 10:47 am

      True word!!

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    • John Mulligan -  May 1, 2016 - 2:28 pm

      Some ‘leftists’, as you call them, do not believe socialism is a fair and equal system. I am rather confused by your comment. You said you fought in the Gulf war, well Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was hardly a Communist country, so I do not understand why you would make that comment

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  21. ldsohczsfv s -  April 28, 2016 - 9:01 am

    true status

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  22. jkahsfuhsugi -  April 26, 2016 - 6:24 pm

    good to no

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    • jkahsfuhsugi -  April 26, 2016 - 6:26 pm

      dot

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    • Bob -  April 27, 2016 - 1:19 pm

      Ok geek squad

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    • hydrangea -  April 28, 2016 - 4:05 am

      know

      Reply
    • Patrick -  April 28, 2016 - 6:29 am

      good to know*

      Reply
  23. Madison -  April 26, 2016 - 2:09 pm

    This was so helpful! Now when I have to write earth or Earth in school, I will now how to write it!

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    • I'm A Nerd -  April 27, 2016 - 8:04 pm

      yeah I know how u feel

      Reply
    • Farkle -  April 28, 2016 - 9:54 am

      Hi reply to me plz

      Reply
  24. Pavel -  April 26, 2016 - 1:52 pm

    I understood it this way: We should not capitalize “earth” when we use it to refer to the world we live in and handle our affairs in; not exactly as a planet, mind you, but as the vast expanse of land, along which we move. For this purpose we disregard the notion that it is a globe. In this sense, “earth” is synonymous with “world,” which is not typically capitalized. Hope that is correct.

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    • Me -  May 1, 2016 - 7:06 am

      I don’t understand what you mean…

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    • Linda -  May 3, 2016 - 5:39 am

      When referred to as a proper destination is should be Earth otherwise in the context of it being an object (grand or small – ie globe or soil) then it’s lower case.

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  25. Adheen Rajpoot -  April 24, 2016 - 10:22 am

    Thank you so much to inform us.

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  26. AstroTurtle -  April 23, 2016 - 9:14 am

    this was such a helpful for when i write about space

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    • Tuck -  April 25, 2016 - 12:56 am

      Astro – Don’t you think it’s wise to proof-read your comments before you submit them? Especially on a site like Dictionary.com? Reread what you posted and tell me it sounds right.

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      • Quinn -  April 26, 2016 - 5:30 am

        Either AstroTurtle is a child that is just learning the basics of the English language (especially when it comes to “writing”), or he/she second language is English. Tuck, can you speak/write in a second language perfectly? Please don’t “criticize” someone when you don’t even know them…

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        • the Baron -  April 27, 2016 - 5:44 am

          Quinn, there’s a third possibility–AstroTurtle is an adult, born and raised speaking English, but also someone whose writing skills have been deprecated by using the Internet, especially by texting on mobile devices. And also that he’s just a normal person People made mistakes in their writing, and their speech, ever since we developed speech and writing. The Internet just makes them that much more available, and obviously so.

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          • Neo Barth -  April 30, 2016 - 1:18 am

            There is a fourth possibility–no one will read anyone’s reply, making these comments merely amusement for whoever comes along.

          • Elise -  July 27, 2016 - 5:05 am

            I second Neo’s point. XD

  27. toz -  April 20, 2016 - 5:47 pm

    so is it:
    Earth,
    earth,
    EARTH,
    or none of the above??

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    • salah -  April 25, 2016 - 4:17 pm

      ‘Earth’ when referred to as a planet or city, ‘earth’ when referred to as soil or ground.

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      • ldsohczsfv s -  April 28, 2016 - 9:00 am

        correct ! i read this and got shoked

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      • Salifu -  April 30, 2016 - 6:54 pm

        Good summary by Salah

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    • Bobert -  April 25, 2016 - 4:50 pm

      Earth as I say I wouldn’t spell it EARTH.

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    • elizabeth -  April 26, 2016 - 10:44 am

      Earth

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    • Darius -  April 26, 2016 - 8:26 pm

      All of the above ?

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    • Greg -  April 29, 2016 - 9:20 am

      It’s pronounced, ‘Merica.

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    • Fred -  April 29, 2016 - 6:17 pm

      it is always EARTH unless the plural eARTHS

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    • :) -  May 1, 2016 - 5:24 pm

      ? both earth and Earth i think?

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    • extremist343 -  July 19, 2016 - 1:54 pm

      Earth when it’s a proper noun such as a city or planet, earth when you are referring to soil or dirt, and EARTH when you are yelling.

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  28. toz -  April 20, 2016 - 5:46 pm

    so is it:
    Earth,
    earth,
    EARTH,
    or none of the above???

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    • Victor -  April 21, 2016 - 11:45 am

      The article is called “**When** Should Earth Be Capitalized?”—not “**Is** Earth Capitalized?”

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      • elizabeth -  April 27, 2016 - 10:44 am

        it should be called did earth blah blah blah

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      • elizabeth -  April 27, 2016 - 10:45 am

        yes

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    • leisureprophet -  August 9, 2016 - 6:09 am

      If it’s Earth, Texas, it should be capitalized even though the name was undoubtedly an abbreviation of the original, Hellon Earth, Texas.

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  29. toz -  April 20, 2016 - 5:45 pm

    i do not understand

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    • Daniel A. -  April 21, 2016 - 10:11 am

      So earth is dirt, and Earth is the planet it self. Hope this helps.

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      • Sandra -  April 25, 2016 - 12:57 pm

        I always capitalize if I’m writing about the place I live: on Earth. If I’m gardening, I need good rich earth for my plants. :o
        )

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        • elizabeth -  April 26, 2016 - 10:46 am

          that is good i capitalize Earth all the time

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      • Lillian -  April 25, 2016 - 5:03 pm

        Thanks for clarifying!

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  30. Regina Clarke -  April 20, 2016 - 6:27 am

    Wonderful post–I have always wondered about this and seen so many variations. Thank you!

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    • Samantha -  April 20, 2016 - 3:23 pm

      same thanks for letting me know i just used to always put Earth

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  31. Ivy (LTT) -  March 23, 2016 - 6:03 am

    How about ‘earth’ and ‘the earth’ ?

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    • BoiWhatIsThat -  April 19, 2016 - 1:56 pm

      No That Doesnt Make Sense.

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    • Ira -  April 21, 2016 - 4:02 am

      ‘earth’ is when the word is signified as a common noun, ‘the earth’ is when signified as a particular common noun. I hope you get the difference between a particular common noun and a proper noun. The noun stays the noun but when saying ‘the earth’ it is more pressured and put into spotlight despite it ‘commonness’.

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    • loveanimal8466 -  April 25, 2016 - 4:33 pm

      Earth can mean dirt. Dirt isn’t capitalized unless it’s at the beginning of a sentence. So when you write earth following the dirt definition, don’t capitalize it unless its at the beginning of the sentence.

      BTW, my name is Ksenia (Elsa), so if your from my class, mention it.

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  32. Jassa -  March 21, 2016 - 4:34 pm

    What about when the word Earth is used in a religious context? For example, Popes are representatives of God on Earth or earth.

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    • PAL -  April 18, 2016 - 9:04 am

      I believe that because it is “God on Earth” earth is considered a proper noun because it refers to the specific place.

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      • Steve -  April 19, 2016 - 10:45 am

        I disagree. Because religion predates the comprehension that the dirt you stand on is actually a round moving object in the greater universe. The earth in your sentence indicates that the representative of your God is standing on dirt not a specific planet of that name. So I guess that’s the test–can the word earth in the phrase be replaced by the word dirt.

        People in the Catholic Church believe that the Pope is their God’s representative on earth.

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        • Shelby -  April 19, 2016 - 12:57 pm

          I agree with Steve…
          Prayers like ,”… on the earth as it is in Heaven…” also do not capitalize ‘ earth ‘.

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          • Anoynymous -  April 25, 2016 - 2:38 pm

            Well there it means earth as in the world, so does it work both ways?
            ”… on Earth as it is in Heaven…”

          • TigreNoir -  April 25, 2016 - 10:40 pm

            Shelby, You misquoted the prayer. It states: “… on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Although, you are correct if “the” is used before Earth.

          • jkahsfuhsugi -  April 26, 2016 - 6:23 pm

            good job

      • justin beiber -  April 20, 2016 - 11:38 am

        shelby

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        • thechickmagnet -  April 28, 2016 - 7:27 am

          Justin Beiber wannabe

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      • thechickmagnet -  April 27, 2016 - 7:53 am

        hey

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    • Richard bolka -  April 29, 2016 - 10:07 am

      God created the earth out of nothing, and Man out of the Earth.–Gen 1:1. Gen 2:7 Jesus Christ is represenetive of His Father after Adam failed. We now are open to receive the Holy Spirit within us to guide our journey, for we are but visitors here, I have taken you out of the world. Jn. 15:19.

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  33. Karina -  February 29, 2016 - 10:50 pm

    Does the same apply to world / World?

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    • Grace -  April 2, 2016 - 5:23 am

      No, it doesn’t; “world” is in no context a proper noun.

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  34. Tracy -  February 23, 2016 - 11:12 pm

    May I start a petition to spell Eath (in planet context as opposed to soil; anywhere in sentence) with a capital ‘e’ as a sign of respect? We humans really need to encourage respect of Earth!

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    • Kyle -  March 9, 2016 - 1:53 pm

      Then I’d like to start a petition to spell Earth with an ‘r.’

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      • Chaputa -  March 15, 2016 - 2:34 pm

        I feel you Kyle, I feel you

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        • thatoneguy -  April 27, 2016 - 7:49 am

          Whoa, you’re feeling Kyle?

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      • Anonymous -  April 11, 2016 - 4:45 pm

        I agree.

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        • Patrick -  April 20, 2016 - 9:57 am

          I agree as well.

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      • BREH -  April 18, 2016 - 12:16 pm

        ROASTED

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        • Ayo -  April 20, 2016 - 2:41 pm

          OMG. You are so right Kyle.

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        • John Cena -  May 2, 2016 - 6:55 am

          YEP!!

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      • salesmansanta -  April 26, 2016 - 10:40 am

        Wow how do you misspell that?

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      • thechickmagnet -  April 27, 2016 - 7:57 am

        wat up bruh

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      • salesmansanta -  April 27, 2016 - 7:59 am

        wow how do you mispell Earth

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      • A SECRET ADMIRER -  May 11, 2016 - 4:19 pm

        Kyle, I love you to death and want to ask you to marry me, but I dont think we should spell earth with a “r”

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    • birdpond -  April 2, 2016 - 9:24 am

      I love that – I’ve been writing it that way, myself. I think it’s very important, for our collective future, that people to see that respect and honor being shown for our living planet.

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    • Linda -  May 3, 2016 - 5:45 am

      I second the petition for CORRECT spelling and context … “We humans really need to encourage respect of The Earth” !

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  35. Donna Walker -  November 17, 2015 - 11:27 am

    It seems to me that there is conflicting advice given in this blog. It says that “when Earth is discussed as a specific planet or celestial body, it is capitalized.” But later it says, ” if you are talking about it as the planet we live on,” use lower case. We live on the specific planet named Earth. Would we not capitalize Mars or Neptune? I think the main cue is whether or not we put “the” before “earth” in our writing.

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    • S2aN -  December 11, 2015 - 2:52 pm

      I think “earth” should be capitalized whenever it’s used, word?

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    • brickness -  April 23, 2016 - 9:59 am

      To clarify, in the second instance it does say “It is acceptable to” lowercase the planet. But indeed that still conflicts with the first instance’s “it is capitalized.” And that kinda kills the article for me.

      I agree it is NOT acceptable to lowercase the planet. Like you say, we’d never de-cap Mars. We’d always cap “the Sun” when talking about “the sun” Earth orbits. There are other suns, but only one Mars, one Earth.

      A preceding “the” is a cue but would be legit to “bulldoze the earth into the corner.” Or even “All the earth in this greenhouse came from Mars!” :-P

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      • Anoynymous -  April 25, 2016 - 2:39 pm

        Look I’m decapitalizing mars!!!
        D:

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  36. The Capital of the Planet Earth -  November 12, 2015 - 5:31 am

    Earth should be “capitalized” even much before, but we did it in 2012, and we did make officially one planet, one population!!
    Join us on this majestic journey!!
    TCOTPE

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  37. David -  May 11, 2015 - 8:44 am

    it’s capital when your refering to the planet. (esp: The planet Earth is in the solar system.) its not when you are refering to anything else. (Yoopers are very down-to-earth.)

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    • Lilium G. -  July 7, 2015 - 12:35 pm

      Actually, it has been decided that it really doesn’t matter when referring to the planet. I tend to capitalize the ‘e,’ but that’s just me. When referring to the soil, it is not a proper noun, and therefor not capitalized anyway.

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      • Lilium G. -  July 7, 2015 - 12:35 pm

        *therefore

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  38. Gopolang joseph nko -  May 8, 2015 - 12:20 am

    Would double my life s fading space were toking about earth like this right

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  39. larkin -  May 6, 2015 - 10:13 am

    sup girls

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    • Taylor Swift -  May 11, 2016 - 4:14 pm

      Sorry but the ability to comment is to comment on the article not talk to your friends. Thank you and I hope you understand when the word ‘earth’ is capatalized.

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  40. Vidyakar vasudev Bhide -  May 4, 2015 - 9:07 am

    What I have learned in English grammar says that a unique thing,person,planets etc.should have article “The” before it as-The Earth,The mars,The Sun etc.earth when means soil does not need capital “E”.

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  41. Valerie R. -  April 28, 2015 - 5:50 pm

    Mother Earth I always cap, as opposed to here on earth. Works for me.

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    • David -  May 11, 2015 - 8:45 am

      When you’re referring to the planet, it’s Earth. When you’re referring to the ground/dirt, it’s earth.

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      • Katie -  May 11, 2016 - 4:12 pm

        I agree, that is a really great and smart way to think about it.

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  42. Death Angel -  April 28, 2015 - 11:05 am

    That’s good to know

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  43. will smitt -  April 27, 2015 - 10:45 am

    i think its Heaven on Earth

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    • evie -  April 27, 2015 - 2:53 pm

      me 2

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    • Gopolang joseph nko -  May 7, 2015 - 11:58 pm

      Yes

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    • Layne -  April 19, 2016 - 10:16 am

      agreed

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  44. King-Jetto -  April 26, 2015 - 5:08 pm

    Really it’s great for me to understand the difference between Earth and earth. I’m glad, because i used to mix both.

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  45. Bill Hunt-Jones -  April 26, 2015 - 7:31 am

    I use the capital ‘E’ when referring to our, or any other, planet, but simply the smaller ‘e’ when meaning ground or soil. There are rules of course, but it’s mostly a matter of choice. There are also some words I use with a capital letter in phrases such as ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Good Luck’. On a similar note, I notice that seasons are more and more being spelt in lower case, as is the case in many European countries, whereas I have always used a capital (e.g. Summer, not summer). I was taught in infant school to capitalise anything that is a Name, Place or Thing, and it has stuck from there. With spelling (under related articles), the difference between ‘stationary’ and stationery’ can be remembered by the last vowel in each word. The ‘a’ in stationary can stand for (a parked) automobile and the ‘e’ in stationery can stand for (sealing an) envelope. There are many more cases like that.

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    • Karina -  February 29, 2016 - 10:48 pm

      Thank you Bill Hunt-Jones, you are a breath of fresh air, there’s not enough people using grammar correctly.

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      • Victor -  April 21, 2016 - 11:40 am

        Says the person splicing three independent clauses into one sentence.

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  46. Starseed -  April 24, 2015 - 9:07 am

    As a way of respect, I usually capitalize Earth, Moon, etc.

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    • Chukwu favour -  April 25, 2015 - 8:40 am

      Is not so

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      • Gopolang joseph nko -  May 8, 2015 - 12:01 am

        Why not

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    • Kay Blade -  April 26, 2015 - 12:31 pm

      Same

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  47. Angel Rivera -  April 24, 2015 - 6:07 am

    I rather use Earth

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  48. Jody Tucker -  April 23, 2015 - 9:08 pm

    A day late, but happy Earth Day everyone!

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  49. Amber Stevens -  April 23, 2015 - 8:41 pm

    You use Earth when you say,” Hey. We live on planet Earth.” or ,” Planet Earth is (insert adjective here) because…” You use earth when you aren’t talking about it as a noun. “Hey. Should earth be capitalized or not?” Also, ALWAYS capitalize at the beginning of a sentence. “Earth is a nice place to study about.”

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  50. Chrsitain -  April 23, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    Thank you! It’s been one of the things that no one could clear for me.Now I am enlightened.

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  51. Stan Petty -  April 23, 2015 - 3:27 pm

    Why is earth not capitalized in the LORD’S PRAYER as it is written in our Bibles?

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    • Dominic -  November 7, 2015 - 7:00 am

      It’s probably not capitalized because it was written centuries before Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo proved the Earth itself is a planet that isn’t flat or the center of the Universe. The Catholic Church threatened to torture Galileo for promoting Copernican ideas, which were considered heresy. Galileo wisely recanted, but it was too late for the Clergy. The Laity were given revolutionary wisdom and were lay men no more.

      Ironically, Catholic Dogma currently relies more on facts than most conservative politicians in the United States. The Church now recognizes global climate change, income/wealth inequality, and even EVOLUTION. How does a secular government rely more on faith than a religious institution? Regressive manipulation would be my guess.

      i capitalize what i please when i please

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      • Chaputa -  March 15, 2016 - 2:38 pm

        Hello again, Louise

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  52. Jess -  April 23, 2015 - 12:37 pm

    You know that when were talking about earth like this right now it should be lowercase but if you`re including this planet Earth and Mars it should then be capitalized.

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  53. Ron Allen -  April 23, 2015 - 12:08 pm

    Is it –
    Heaven on Earth
    Heaven on earth
    heaven on earth
    heaven on Earth

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    • An annoying smart-arse -  April 25, 2015 - 1:43 am

      The top one. Heaven is a place-name. Even is the place is imaginary.

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      • David -  May 11, 2015 - 8:49 am

        lol

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        • Obama -  March 15, 2016 - 2:42 pm

          It’s not funny David

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          • thechickmagnet -  April 27, 2016 - 7:55 am

            obama wannabe

          • Joshman314 -  May 3, 2016 - 9:09 am

            thechickmagnet, I don’t think anyone would want to be Obama, so there’s a pretty good chance that is the real one…

    • will smitt -  April 27, 2015 - 10:44 am

      i think its Heaven on Earth

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    • Carpediem -  April 27, 2015 - 12:44 pm

      1. Heaven on earth: If the sentence is starting with Heaven, the letter ‘H’ is capitalized.
      2. heaven on earth: if this phrase is found in the middle of a sentence, we do not capitalize or use uppercase

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      • Jaroslaw99 -  June 10, 2016 - 5:09 am

        Heaven on Earth would seem to refer to Earth as a place or planet. The only “earth” that should not be capitalized by that person, place, thing rule is when earth means soil or dirt. My opinion.

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  54. Thomas Denney -  April 23, 2015 - 11:53 am

    “When Should Earth be Capitalized?” excellent question. But we must also ask, “What is its rate of amortization?” and “When will it be fully depreciated?”

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    • Linda -  May 3, 2016 - 5:49 am

      as per the wisest of all (Wayne’s World style) … “Wow! What a totally amazing excellent discovery… NOT”

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  55. Sabrina -  April 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

    when you use the word “Earth Day”

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    • Magnum -  April 27, 2015 - 11:10 pm

      like

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      • Chaputa -  March 15, 2016 - 2:41 pm

        like

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        • Obama -  March 15, 2016 - 2:41 pm

          like

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          • Billy -  April 21, 2016 - 4:55 pm

            like

          • Joshman314 -  May 3, 2016 - 9:10 am

            like… Obama wannabe…

  56. wijayatama -  April 23, 2015 - 1:55 am

    interesting reviews,,, what a difference a writing word meaning Earth and earth

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  57. pari -  April 22, 2015 - 10:46 am

    This doesn’t make a difference. they are both the same thing
    also you capitalize it in the holiday “Earth Day”!

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    • An annoying smart-arse -  April 25, 2015 - 1:46 am

      They’re not the same thing. You wouldn’t say you were covered in Earth after you were gardening. It would be bizarre. More poetic than prosaic. But an English teacher wouldn’t like it I suspect.

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    • aj -  April 26, 2016 - 1:41 pm

      u suck

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      • Joshman314 -  May 3, 2016 - 9:11 am

        Aaaaaand your name is two letters long…

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  58. keri houck -  April 22, 2015 - 7:27 am

    use Earth der der.

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  59. keri houck -  April 22, 2015 - 7:26 am

    you do Earth der der.

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  60. h -  April 22, 2015 - 7:26 am

    hjkl

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    • kevon -  April 23, 2015 - 6:26 am

      yes

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      • Jesus -  March 15, 2016 - 2:53 pm

        Totes

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        • thechickmagnet -  April 28, 2016 - 7:25 am

          Jesus wannabe

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  61. marques -  April 22, 2015 - 4:50 am

    How interesting

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  62. hey -  April 21, 2015 - 12:33 pm

    all day

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    • pewdiepie -  April 18, 2016 - 11:19 am

      sup

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      • thechickmagnet -  April 28, 2016 - 7:26 am

        Pewdiepie wannabe

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        • Tay Not Swift -  July 28, 2016 - 7:43 am

          I feel like I should make a new song guys. what should it be called?

          Reply

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