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    in and on

    Why do we say:

    We live in the world.

    We live on\in the Earth.

    Is it 'on' or 'in' the Earth?

    I guess it is on the Earth. If that is correct, why?

    What is the difference between "world" and "Earth?"

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    #2

    Re: in and on

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Why do we say:

    We live in the world.
    In means inside the world and that is true because we are inside the world.
    We live on\in the Earth.
    On means above because we walk above the earth.
    Is it 'on' or 'in' the Earth? I think both of them are OK and there aren't any trouble.

    I guess it is on the Earth. If that is correct, why?

    What is the difference between "world" and "Earth"?
    World means "the Earth and all the people, places and things on it".
    Earth means "the planet third in order of distance from the Sun, between Venus and Mars; the world on which we live"
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    Last edited by Atchan; 15-Aug-2010 at 01:42.

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    #3

    Re: in and on

    *Not a teacher

    The world is a kind of a specific system, which is not physically definite (while the Earth is), so you may be out or you may be in, not on. However, I would never say "I live in the Earth", "I live on the Earth" sounds far better.
    Last edited by philadelphia; 15-Aug-2010 at 07:37.

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    Re: in and on

    Thank you very much guys for your replies.

    Any other thoughts?

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    #5

    Re: in and on

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    On means above because we walk above the earth.
    Does it mean that people hover over the earth?

    I agree that it should be "on" but not because "on" is equal to "above", 'cos they are not.
    Last edited by euncu; 16-Aug-2010 at 18:29.

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