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Where ordinal indicators are not used, which of the following is correct?

  1. We will go ahead on the 7 January 2013.
  2. We will go ahead on 7 January 2013.
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[UK answer]

It makes no difference whether ordinal indicators are used or not. When writing, don't use the definite article; when speaking, do use it (whether it's written or not).

Write this:

We will go ahead on 7 January 2013.
We will go ahead on 7th January 2013.

Read both of those as:

“We will go ahead on the seventh of January 2013.”

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