How to write dates in english

How to write dates in English


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Write the date

There are several ways to write the date in English:

  • 13th June 2018
  • June 13th, 2018
  • 13 June, 2018
  • June 13, 2018

The most commonly used forms are 13 June, 2018 and June 13, 2018. The name of the day is rarely mentioned in writing. Be careful, you must always write the days and months with a capital letter!

⚠ Dates written in numbers have a different meaning in British or American English:

  • British English: 10.5.17 (or 10/5/17)
  • American English: 10.5.17 (or 10/5/17)

Say the date

There are several ways to say the date in English. There are also differences between British and American English:

British English: 14 July 2010 (14.07.10 or 14/07/10) =

  • July the fourteenth, two thousand and ten
  • The fourteenth of July, two thousand and ten

American English:  14 July 2010 (7.14.10 or 7/14/10) =

  • July fourteenth, two thousand and ten

Dates with one or more zeros are said in special ways:

  • 1900 = nineteen hundred
  • 1907 = nineteen o seven
  • 2007 = two thousand and seven
  • 2000 = the year two thousand

The date is divided into two parts:

  • 1998 = nineteen / ninety-eight

From 2010, the dates are indicated indifferently:

  • 2010 = two thousand and ten OR twenty-ten
  • 2015 = two thousand and fifteen OR twenty-fifteen

Refer to a time

Be careful when choosing the proposal:

We use in to talk about a year, a month, a century or a period in general:

  • in July 
  • in 1972 
  • in the afternoon 

We use one to talk about a specific day:

  • on May 1st 
  • on a Saturday
  • on Friday evening 

We use at in front of the hours and for certain periods of time:

  • at 7 a.m. 
  • at Christams 
  • at weekends 

 

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