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    Which is correct?

    Can you tell me which is correct and why? Thanks.

    1. the earth core
    2. the earth's core
    3. the core of the earth

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    Re: Which is correct?

    None without "Earth" being capitalized.
    2 and 3 are correct with that change.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: Which is correct?

    How about 'the terrestrial core'?

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Possible, but unlikely, Matthew. Click here.

    Barb has already answered the question.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Thank you all. Could anyone let me know if the explanation Dictionary.com gives on the usage of "earth" is correct? Thanks.

    Dictionary.com Word FAQs

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    When do I capitalize the word earth?

    If you are talking about the Earth as a proper noun, as a planet or celestial body, then you can capitalize Earth and use no article (the): How far is Earth from the Sun? But it is also fine to leave it as lowercase and use the with earth if you are talking about it as the planet we live on: The earth rotates on its axis. It is ok to do the same with the sun and the moon. 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. The word earth is derived from Greek era. Here is something interesting - we never hear people say the Mercury, the Pluto - but we do say theEarth, the Moon. Using the definite article "the" in front of an uncapitalized "earth" has its roots in the worldview that we are separate from and fundamentally different. (P.S. There is a town called Earth, Texas.)

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    #6

    Re: Which is correct?

    I see no reason to contradict that.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Just be consistent
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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