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Why do Americans leave the ordinal suffix out of dates?

By 'ordinal suffix' I mean '-th', '-nd', '-rd', e.g. 'April 17' instead of 'April 17th'.
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Simple past or present perfect when describing a series of recent actions

I, as an American, would opt for the simple past rather than the present perfect in the following sentence: Today she has gone to a class, and after that she has been shopping. Is this sentence ...
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What does it mean “plays with data, words and music”?

One of my friend wrote on her profile, "plays with data, words and music." She is a data scientist. Is this also wordplay?
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Got started or started

I am a learner of the English language. I have written two sentences, please give your two minutes and let me know, which one is correct? In the below sentences an action was started by my dog, for an ...
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What's the grammatical structure for “there is nothing a guy can do that even comes close”?

I got a sentence when watching a dialogue: There is nothing a guy can do that even comes close. In my opinion, "nothing" has an attributive clause: "a guy can do"; and in this atributive clause, ...
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When did American English diverge from British English in the use of “first floor?”

Modern usage has "first floor" mean two different things in American and British English. I understand that distinction. I want to know when that distinction started occuring in America?