The date in English – Writing and Spelling
How to say the year
|You write||You say|
|1901||nineteen hundred (and) one|
|2002||two thousand (and) two|
|2010||two thousand (and) ten|
You normally split up the year in tens.
1985 is split up in 19 and 85. (You say: nineteen eighty-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).
2. Writing and saying the date in British English
rule: day – month – year
|You say:||the||first||of||January||twenty ten|
Note: The two letters at the end of the number and the comma are often left out.
3. Writing and saying the date in American English
rule: month – day – year
|You say:||January||(the)*||first||twenty ten|
* The definite article ›the‹ can be left out.
4. Sample sentences and the correct prepositions:
- I was born in 1999. (Use in with the year.)
- I was born in August. (Use in with the month.)
- I was born on 12th May, 2000. (Use on in the complete date.)
5. Abbreviations BC, AD, BCE, CE
Sometimes BC or AD is added after the year.
- 1060 BC (ten sixty Before Christ)
- 1060 AD (ten sixty Anno Domini) – This is Latin for in the year of the Lord.
The abbrevations BCE or CE are becoming more and more common today.
- 1060 BCE (ten sixty Before the Common/Current/Christian Era)
- 1060 CE (ten sixty Common/Current/Christian Era)
- 1060 BC = 1060 BCE
- 1060 AD = 1060 CE
It is common to use numbers instead of months.
If you write 4/8/2011, it is the 4th August 2011 in Britain, but it is April 8th, 2011 in the USA.
Thanks to Sharon.