Unit 8.1



The date refers to the number of day, month and year that something ocurred or will occur in the future, as well as the present time. The date can be written in various ways and the 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
4/7/1776 7/4/1776

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

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, (May, June, July), Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.

  • Reading the year
Before the year 1000 763: seven sixty-three

763: seven hundred (and) sixty-three

Before the year 2000 1997: nineteen ninety-seven
From 2000 to 2009

From 2010 onwards

2008: two thousand (and) eight

2012: twenty twelve


  • 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



External link to Dates exercises (1216).



  • Dates from English Orthography B1 Level.
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