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Date( in writing)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by volver, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. volver Senior Member

    french belgium
    Hello,


    I saw all the treads regarding the Date but I still dont get it.
    All I need to know it's if I can write this down.


    I will start my new job on the 16th of April.
    I will start my new job on April 16th.

    Are they both correct to use in writing?

    If I add 2008, would that be correct?

    I will start my new job on the 16th of April 2008
    I will start my new job on April 16th, 2008.


    Thank you

    VOLVER
     
  2. Spellboundx New Member

    They all seem correct to me. I'm not sure if you need the commer.
    I would write "I will start my new job on the 16th of April 2008".
     
  3. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    Usage varies between countries and AE and BE are different.

    If you look up date in the on-line dictionary, you will see a multitude of previous and relevant threads rather than going around and around again.
     
  4. mallujulia Senior Member

    Spain Spanish
    On April 16th ,2008 ( sounds American English)
    On the 16th of April, 2008 ( sounds British English)
    But this is not the problem. The problem is when you receive an email and it says you have a meeting on 1/2/2008. I need to know if it comes from the USA or from the UK. Would it be the first of February in the UK and the second of January in the USA?
    Could a native speaker say if this is right or not?
    Thanks
     
  5. Spellboundx New Member

    When I write 1/2/2008 I mean the first of February 2008. In fact I'm not really sure about this myself, but I think that is the common way to interpret it in the UK. :x
     
  6. bbip Senior Member

    France
    English GB
    You don't have to write the "the" or "of" if that was what you were asking. You can say "16th April 2008" (British way) or "April 16th, 2008" (American way).
     
  7. bbip Senior Member

    France
    English GB
    Yes, that's right; it gets very confusing!
     
  8. samcluk Senior Member

    English, United Kingdom
    Yes, british dates are written dd/mm/yyyy and american dates are written mm/dd/yyyy. Sometimes when only one of the numbers can be a month i.e. '23/1' it's easy to work out which system is being used. Otherwise you just need to know where your source has come from!
     
  9. mallujulia Senior Member

    Spain Spanish
    Thank you everyone
     
  10. nzfauna

    nzfauna Senior Member

    Wellington, New Zealand
    New Zealand, English
    For what it's worth, I would write:

    I [will] start my new job on 16 April 2008.
     

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