Discussion in 'English Only' started by Blackmirtl, Feb 11, 2013.
I'm a little bit confused, how would it be right to say: "9-11th October" or "9-11 Of October"?
I'm not sure what you mean. Do you have a complete sentence using this construction?
It means the date - from 9th to 11th of October. For instance: this event will be taking place 9-11th of October. Am I right?
In British English that is correct. It may be different in AE.
Maybe someone know if it's correct to say "this event will be taking place 9-11th October" in AE.
In AE they put the month first and use the word 'through'. I think they'd say 'This event will be taking place October 9 through 11.'
They'll correct me if I'm wrong.
The problem here is that what we say is very different from what we write. No-one always writes exactly what they say. (This is in the sticky thread of frequently discussed topics, of course, so we won't go over it here.) In BrE style we can write 9 October or 9th October or 9th of October or the 9th of October, but always read it as the last. With a date range, we say "on the ninth to the eleventh of October" (or there may be other ways), but that can be written with the same options for a single date: 9–11 October, etc.; and indeed more options because 9th–11th and 9–11th are both possible. I could give you my preference, but there is no one right answer.
There's only one thing I can say definitely: we don't write 9 of October, so we wouldn't write 9–11 of October. If you write 'of', you also need the ordinal symbol such as 'th'.
In AmE, we would write this with October following the dates only if we were for some reason following BE style (as might happen, for example, if a company does a lot of business in the UK). But if you want to use AmE style it would be either October 9-11 or October 9th-11th. Sometimes October is abbreviated "Oct." but it isn't always. My preference is Oct. or October 9-11. I say "ninth" and "eleventh" but I don't usually write them that way.
Thank you a lot, guys!)
Note that in the American military this would be written "9-11 October" and spoken as "nine to eleven October."
If you writing (not speaking) the date, you can write 9–11 or 9th–11th (before or after the month, depending on style), but I don't like 9–11th because it looks inconsistent.
Separate names with a comma.