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I need help with my assignment

Posted by Sanja on April 14, 2005

Hi
I have a question...as I couldn't find the answer in any grammar book...

Why is in this sentence used "as saying"?

The story quoted Ranier Kuhne of the University of Dortmund in Germany as saying:"Plato wrote....

and why is there a difference in capitalising of the word : e/Earth

...some consisting of Earth and the others of water...
and
...there were violent earthquakes and in a single day and night all sank into the earth and the island of Atlantis in like manner dissapeared into the depths of the sea...

thank you very very much for your answer!