We write the date in English in various ways. The date format is slightly different in British and American English.
- Writing the date
|British English: day, month, year||American English: month, day, year|
|the fourth of July 1776||July the Fourth 1776|
|4th July 1776||July 4th 1776|
|4 July 2016||July 4 1776|
In both American and British English, except for May and June, the names of months can be shortened like this:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
- Talking about the date
Reading the year
|Before the year 1000||763: seven sixty-three/ seven hundred (and) sixty-three|
|Before the year 2000||1997: nineteen ninety – seven|
|After the year 2000||2013: two thousand (and) thirteen/ twenty thirteen|
- The United States declared its independence on the 4th of July 1776.
- Today is the 23rd of July 2019.
- August 25th is the day of her wedding.
We use the date to talk about:
- Historical events
- Today’s date
- Future events