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  • How to say the date in English.

  • For dates in spoken English we always use an ordinal number for the day.

  • We say: the fourth of July and not four of July.

  • Fourth (4th) is an ordinal number

  • Ordinal numbers show order or sequence.

  • Normally there is a TH at the end of the number.

  • For example: seven - seventh

  • thirteen - thirteenth

  • However there are some exceptions.

  • The ordinal numbers that are highlighted in red in the chart are irregular

  • or have a slight change in spelling.

  • The most important exceptions are for the first three days.

  • We say: first, second and third.

  • Notice when written as numbers, they end in ST, ND or RD.

  • All the other ordinal numbers end in TH.

  • There are two ways of giving the date in English.

  • In United States they put the month before the day.

  • The date that appears is March 7th.

  • The exception is with the name of the US celebration of the Fourth of July

  • In British English, or in most of the rest of the world,

  • the day comes first before the month

  • So that the same day is: the seventh of March

  • Notice how in spoken English you start with THE

  • as in THE seventh

  • and then OF between the day and the month.

  • The seventh of March.

  • Now look at the first date.

  • It is written as March 7 without the TH after the 7.

  • In American English it is not common to put that TH after the number in written English,

  • however, even if it is not written, the ordinal number is still said in spoken English.

  • You need to be careful when writing the dates using only numbers.

  • In United States, the number of the month is first and then the day.

  • So March 7th is written as 3 / 7

  • and finally the year.

  • Everywhere else, the number of the day is first and then the month.

  • So the same date is written as 7 / 3 / 17

  • So what day is this? 3 / 5 / 18

  • Well it depends on the country.

  • It can be March 5th in the United States or the 3rd of May in the rest of the world

  • There is a big difference, isn't there?

  • At least the year is the same... 2018

  • To avoid confusion when writing an email or any other written form of English,

  • it is best to write the month as its name

  • January, February

  • or its abbreviation Jan, Feb, etc.

  • and not as its number.

  • And remember, the months in English always start with a capital letter.

  • August is with a capital A, a big A.

  • Years are normally divided into two parts.

  • The first digit (or first two digits)

  • and the last two digits

  • In this example, the year is divided into the first two digits 19,

  • and the last two digits, 84.

  • So you would say the year is 1984.

  • Look at these examples

  • 1066 ten sixty-six

  • 1652 sixteen fifty-two

  • 1941 nineteen forty-one

  • 2017 twenty seventeen

  • For the year 2000 you say the year two thousand.

  • For the years 2001 to 2010

  • the most common way of saying the year is

  • two thousand and + the number

  • Listen to these examples

  • 2001 (two thousand and one)

  • 2002 (two thousand and two)

  • 2005 (two thousand and five)

  • 2008 (two thousand and eight)

  • See our other video about how to say the year in English

  • for more details and exceptions.

  • How can we ask for the date?

  • You could ask: What day is it today?

  • Though here people will probably respond with the day of the week.

  • It's Monday.

  • Or the number

  • It's the 19th.

  • The main ways of asking the date are:

  • What date is it? ... or ...

  • What is the date today? ... or ...

  • What is today's date?

  • Here people may give you the number

  • It is the 19th.

  • or the day and the month.

  • It's the 19th of May ... or ... May 19

  • The most common response starts with IT IS or IT'S then the date.

  • Though you may also hear

  • The date is ... or ... Today is ...

  • I have two questions for you.

  • When is your birthday?

  • and the other question is:

  • What day is it today?

  • You can respond... Today is... and the date you watched this video.

  • Let us know in the comments.

  • Have an awesome day!

How to say the date in English.

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    Caurora posted on 2020/06/13
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