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The first defition ('Our planet, third out from the sun.') is wrong, I'd say. That's why we have Earth. -- General Wesc 00:47, 23 July 2006 (UTC)

That sense may be capitalized or lowercased, both are correct. In the U.S., the lowercase version is more common. —Stephen 01:26, 23 July 2006 (UTC)
I don't understand what User:General Wesc was trying to say. Is the point related to the formatting of the word of the definition. In the UK, the uncapitalized form is more common. But I have updated the usage notes to include the usage concerning the definite article.[1] (Granted, not the most reliable source.)—GrecoBomb (talk) 19:10, 17 May 2012 (UTC)
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User:General Wesc was trying to say that 'Our planet, third out from the sun' must be capitalized, and that uncapitalized earth therefore cannot mean that. I don’t know what you are talking about in regard to definite articles. General Wesc was only talking about capitalization. —Stephen (Talk) 21:27, 17 May 2012 (UTC)
Oh, I see. My point about the definite article: it is argued that when we refer to the Earth (with the definite article), "earth" cannot be uncapitalized. Unlike when we refer to earth without the definite article, as I just did, which can be either capitalized or uncapitalized—GrecoBomb (talk) 22:53, 17 May 2012 (UTC)
The suggested usage, "earth" but "the Earth" was not at all clear from the usage given on the page: "English usage tends to not capitalize earth, but only when it is not preceded by the definite article, the". I will edit this, now that I know what was intended. For clarity, it should read: "English usage tends not to capitalize earth, unless it is preceded by the definite article 'the.'"Zadignose (talk) 02:19, 31 May 2012 (UTC)