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What is the correct way to write, in American English, that something will happen over a date range?

  • The event will take place through July 1-10, 2011?
  • The event will take place from July 1 to July 10, 2011?
  • The event will take place starting on July 1 through July 10, 2011?

Any other suggestions are welcome.

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1 no, 2 yes, 3 no. –  Mitch May 4 '11 at 19:01
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Number 3 also sort of works though. –  masarah May 4 '11 at 19:07
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

To add a contending opinion, I find this perfectly fine:

The event will take place July 1-10, 2011

I would pronounce the relevant portion "July 1st through 10th" or "July 1st through the 10th."

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I like this version, it's more succinct. –  Juan Mendes May 4 '11 at 19:38
    
I was going to offer my own version, but realized we're talking about writing the date range, in which case this is what I'd use. –  PSU May 4 '11 at 20:42
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I would prefer this:

The event will take place on July 1 to July 10, 2011.

The event will take place on July 1 through July 10, 2011.

The choice of the second preposition here is debatable, but I judge that both of them are correct.

However, your second example is also acceptable:

The event will take place from July 1 to July 10, 2011.

Here only to works as the second preposition. The first and third options that you gave sound very unnatural.

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