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    #1

    Rotate vs revolve

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    The Earth rotates the Sun.

    and

    The Earth revolves around the Sun.

    Is one of them more natural than the other?

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    Re: Rotate vs revolve

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessEnthusiast View Post
    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    The Earth rotates the Sun.
    That doesn't make sense. It implies that the Earth causes the Sun to rotate.
    I think you meant "rotates around" instead.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessEnthusiast View Post
    The Earth revolves around the Sun.
    Is one of them more natural than the other?
    Both are used, but I believe that "revolve" is the correct one in the above context.

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    Re: Rotate vs revolve

    "Rotate" is to spin on its own axis. The earth rotates and this is what causes night and day.

    "Revolve" is to go around another object. The earth revolves around the sun and this is what causes seasons (along with the earth's tilt).

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