Writing the date.

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    Post by nuhru_1098 on Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:02 am

    Writing the Date

    There are several different ways to write the date in English. They vary from formal to informal, and there are differences between British and American English. The following table shows some typical formats.

    Format British: Day-Month-Year American: Month-Day-Year
    A the Fourteenth of March, 1999 March the Fourteenth, 1999
    B 14th March 1999 March 14th, 1999
    C 14 March 1999 March 14, 1999
    D 14/3/1999 3/14/1999
    E 14/3/99 3/14/99
    F 14/03/99 03/14/99

    Note: which format to use is a question of formality, politeness and personal choice. Generally, the longer formats, such as B or C, are more polite (since they show more respect for the reader). Shorter formats, such as D or E, are used in less formal situations, for example a memo, a letter between friends or an impersonal business letter. Format F is rather official and is typically seen on an invoice or an official or technical document. Format A is extremely formal and mainly used on printed items, for example a wedding invitation. The numerical formats may use a full stop (.) or hyphen (-) instead of a slash (/), for example: 14.3.1999 or 03-14-99

    Note that another format exists which writes the date numerically in the order Year-Month-Day, for example: 1999/03/14. This is rare in British or American English and used mainly in very official or technical documents.

    Months
    Number Name Abbreviations
    1 January Jan J
    2 February Feb F
    3 March Mar M
    4 April Apr A
    5 May May M
    6 June Jun J
    7 July Jul J
    8 August Aug A
    9 September Sep S
    10 October Oct O
    11 November Nov N
    12 December Dec D


    In English, months are correctly written with an initial capital: January, February...

    Days of the Month
    1st first
    2nd second
    3rd third
    4th fourth
    5th fifth
    6th sixth
    7th seventh
    8th eighth
    9th ninth
    10th tenth
    11th eleventh
    12th twelfth
    13th thirteenth
    14th fourteenth
    15th fifteenth
    16th sixteenth
    17th seventeenth
    18th eighteenth
    19th nineteenth
    20th twentieth
    21st twenty-first
    22nd twenty-second
    23rd twenty-third
    24th twenty-fourth
    25th twenty-fifth
    26th twenty-sixth
    27th twenty-seventh
    28th twenty-eighth
    29th twenty-ninth
    30th thirtieth
    31st thirty-first

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