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How to Say and Write the DATE Correctly in English


How to say and write the date in American and British English correctly through pictures and examples. Learn these common phrases to improve your English.

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”

Ordinal Numbers

  • 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 1980in 1968, in 1995, in 1963, in 2018…


  • He was born in 1980.
  • I lived there in 1995.

In + Months

in January, in Februaryin December…


  • He joined the Army in February 1943.
  • His latest book will appear in December.

In + Decades

in the 1960sin 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 3rdon 1st January 2013, on the 10th, on the first dayon 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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How to Say and Write the DATE Correctly in English

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