Learn How to Say and Write the Date in American and British English Correctly through pictures and examples.
The Date in English
Saying the Year in English
1800: eighteen hundred
1805: eighteen hundred (and) five
Or eighteen oh-five
1817: eighteen seventeen
1998: nineteen ninety-eight
2000: two thousand
2003: two thousand (and) three
Or twenty oh-three
2011: two thousand (and) eleven
Or twenty eleven
2018: two thousand (and) eighteen
Or twenty eighteen
We often split up the year in tens.
1975 is split up in 19 and 75. (You say: nineteen seventy-five).
From 2000 until 2009 the year is normally not split up.
- 2000: two thousand
- 2001 = two thousand (and) one
The word and is often left out. From 2010 on the year is split up again.
2010 is split up in 20 and 10. (You say: twenty ten).
BC – Before Christ
AD – Anno Domini
…the (1980s) ‘80s – “the (nineteen) eighties”
…the (2000s) ‘00s – “the thousands” or “the aughts”.
…the 1800s – “the eighteen hundreds”
…the 6th century – “the sixth century”
…the 21st century – “the twenty first century”
- 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
- 20th – twentieth
- 21st – twenty-first
- 22nd – twenty-second
- 23rd – twenty-third
- 30th – thirtieth
- 31st – thirty-first
- 40th – fortieth
- 41st –forty-first
- 50th – fiftieth
- 51st – fifty-first
Saying and Writing the Date in English
We often use ordinal numbers for the date in spoken English
Asking the Date
- What day is it today?
“It’s Wednesday” or “It’s the 13th”…
- What date is it?
“It’s the 19th” or It’s “19th May” or “May 19th”…
- What is the date (today)?or What is today’s date?
- It is…
- The date today is …
- Today is…
How to use IN, ON with Year, Month, Date…
In + Years
in 1980, in 1968, in 1995, in 1963, in 2018…
- He was born in 1980.
- I lived there in 1995.
In + Months
in January, in February, in December…
- He joined the Army in February 1943.
- His latest book will appear in December.
In + Decades
in the 1960s, in the seventies, in the 1990s…
- It was built as a new town in the 1960s.
- She became a household name in the 1960s.
In + Centuries
in the 15th century, in the 18th century, in the 21st century…
- It was built in the 18th century.
- Micro-mechanism is one of the key technologies in the 21th century.
On + Dates
on April 3rd, on 1st January 2013, on the 10th, on the first day, on the last day…
- The formal signing will take place on April 9th.
- We will celebrate on October 1st.
On + Days
on Monday, on Thursday, on Sunday…
- He wasn’t there on Monday; nor on Tuesday, for that matter.
- Shall we go to the theatre on Friday?
Writing and Saying the Date in British English
Rule: Day – Month – Year
Writing: 1st February, 2011
Saying: The first of February twenty eleven
Writing and Saying the Date in American English
Rule: Month – Day – Year
Writing: February 1st, 2011
Saying: February first twenty eleven
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