[Grammar] in and on

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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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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? :roll:

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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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.
 
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Thank you very much guys for your replies.

Any other thoughts?
 

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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.
 
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