Days of the month

Alaor Santos

Senior Member
Portuguese Brazil
Hello? Can you help me? What is most usual both in American and British English when you say the days of the month? Ordinal or cardinal? August 29, do you read twenty-nineth or twenty-nine? Is either formal or informal? Thanks!
  • In AE, it is common to say August 29th, 2006 even when the date is written as August 29, 2006. I don't think it varies by level of formality, at least not in my experience. :)

    In Britian you'd say "the twentyninth of August" or "August the twentyninth". I would have said a few years ago that the British never say "August twentynine", but I am starting to hear this, particularly since the common usage of "nine eleven" to denote the eleventh of September.