dès + année

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Hi there!

I'm sure I've heard the expression as soon as followed by just a year, for instance, "as soon as 1998", but I'm not sure I've read it and if I have, I'd like to know if it's ok to write it, if it doesn't sound too "spoken".

You see, in French, we use the word "dès" to imply that something is kind of exceptional, advanced, as in for instance "Dès 1950, Hergé savait qu'on marcherait, un jour, sur la lune". Is it ok to say, then, "As soon as 1950, Hergé knew that..."

Thanks a lot!

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