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"on earth" vs. "on the earth" #16 (permalink) Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:19 am   "on earth" vs. "on the earth"
 

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Hi,

Broadly we don't use the definite article before abstract nouns when they are not used with special reference as: Death comes to us all - The country was shocked by the death of their leader.

We do use the article generally before a noun of which, as far as we know, there is only one: the moon, the earth, the sun and so on. Mars and Saturn may be unique but they are in fact names of planets and would not attract a definite article.

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"on earth" vs. "on the earth" #17 (permalink) Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:04 am   "on earth" vs. "on the earth"
 

Thanks Alan .
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"on earth" vs. "on the earth" #18 (permalink) Tue Apr 14, 2015 14:27 pm   "on earth" vs. "on the earth"
 

Remula wrote:

What about "environment"?

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The definite article the is usually used with the word environment.

Some of these chemicals are very damaging to the environment.
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"on earth" vs. "on the earth" #19 (permalink) Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:37 am   "on earth" vs. "on the earth"
 

Casually looking at this thread, I feel like saying that it seems, to me, to be as follows:

The Earth is a planet different from the Mars and the Saturn. (In terms of the solar system - specific)

Now, can't we say without capitalizing and using articles 'We know that earth is different from mars and saturn'? (In terms of their being entities - general)

Of course, 'on earth' is a phrase being used for some sort of emphasis.

Coming to 'environment' I'd say it may not take the article in sentences like 'Among other things, environment also plays a major role in the growth of a child.'

(Yes, it is an admitted fact that 'articles' is a hard nut for foreign learners to crack)
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"on earth" vs. "on the earth" #20 (permalink) Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:43 pm   "on earth" vs. "on the earth"
 

'We know that Earth is different from Mars and Saturn'? <-- correct
'We know that the Earth is different from Mars and Saturn'? <-- correct
The Earth is a planet different from the Mars and the Saturn. <-- incorrect
The Earth is a planet which differs from the Mars and the Saturn. <-- incorrect
The Earth is a planet which differs from Mars and Saturn. <-- correct
Earth is a planet which differs from Mars and Saturn. <--correct

'Mars' and 'Saturn' never take the article.
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"on earth" vs. "on the earth" #21 (permalink) Fri Apr 17, 2015 14:17 pm   "on earth" vs. "on the earth"
 

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We know that the Earth is different from Mars and Saturn. <-- correct
Earth is a planet which differs from Mars and Saturn. <--correct
'Mars' and 'Saturn' never take the article.

Enough; thanks.
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"on earth" vs. "on the earth" #22 (permalink) Fri Apr 17, 2015 14:37 pm   "on earth" vs. "on the earth"
 

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We do use the article generally before a noun of which, as far as we know, there is only one: the moon, the earth, the sun and so on. Mars and Saturn may be unique but they are in fact names of planets and would not attract a definite article.

Thanks, Alan.

But I have a question. When we refer to unique things, we capitalise them as in bold above, but why not in the case of those underlined above?
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