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Saying dates

Asking for dates


What’s the date today?

What’s today’s date?

What was the date of the London Olympic games?


How to say the year

You normally separate the year into two tens.
1985 is said as 19_85.

From 2000 until 2009 the year is normally not separated. You say: two thousand; two thousand (and) one. From 2010 on the year can be separated again.(You can say: twenty ten).

Writing and saying the date in British English

Rule: day (ordinal numbers) - month - year

you write

You write:

1st - January - 2010

You say:

the - first - of -January - twenty ten

you say

Note: The two letters at the end of the number and the comma are often omitted.

*review ordinal numbers by clicking here.