Unit 7.1

Date

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INTRODUCTION

We write the date in English in various ways. The date format is slightly different in British and American English.

FORM

  • Writing the date
British English: day, month, yearAmerican English: month, day, year
the fourth of July 1776July the Fourth 1776
4th July 1776July 4th 1776
4 July 2016July 4 1776
4/7/17767/4/1776

In both American and British English, except for May and June, the names of months can be shortened like this:

JanFebMarAprJulAugSeptOctNovDec.

  • Talking about the date

Reading the year

Before the year 1000763: seven sixty-three/ seven hundred (and) sixty-three
Before the year 20001997: nineteen ninety – seven
After the year 20002013: two thousand (and) thirteen/ twenty thirteen

 

EXAMPLE

  1. The United States declared its independence on the 4th of July 1776.
  2. Today is the 23rd of July 2019.
  3. August 25th is the day of her wedding.

USE

We use the date to talk about:

  1. Historical events
  2. Today’s date
  3. Future events
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