Questions relating to the English Language usage when referring to dates

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Why do we say “at H:MM,” but “on yyyy/mm/dd?”

This is not a duplicate of On vs At with date and time. Why do we say 'at' when referring to a clock-time, but 'on' when referring to a date, when they're just differently sized divisions of the ...
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Why, in old books, are dates often given with the years redacted?

silly question, and I'm not sure this is even necessarily the right forum, but it's the most appropriate on StackExchange, so here we are. Why is it, in older books, that years are sometimes redacted ...
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Single word stating event date has changed

I have a list of events. A few of them may be cancelled or they may be "moved" to another date. The latter are usually postponed but not necessarily. For cancelled events I add the state ...
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What is the name of the first decade in a century?

80s the "Eighties" 90s the "Nineties" 00s the ??? For that matter, what is the second decade called? The "tens" just doesn't sound right.
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Too many commas [duplicate]

Please join us Monday, August 1, 2016, for the 4th Annual Tee It Up for Down Syndrome Golf Tournament at Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria, Minnesota Do I need a comma before and after the date?
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Translation for Dutch “tot en met”: until and including?

In Dutch language we use the expression "tot en met" to signify a quantity between two measures including the last measure. So, for instance, the following: woensdag 22 juni tot en met vrijdag 24 ...
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Counterpart to date range [closed]

I am searching for a word that expresses the "opposite" of a date range. My ideas so far are the following: Timestamp Moment But neither of them really satisfies me. I need the word for a ...
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Does “month ending January” mean the end of January, or the start?

I file reports that cover monthly periods of time. I thought that the heading at the top that says "Month ending February" would refer to the report including all of February. (I am writing this in ...
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Is the correct date format April 1st, 2016? [closed]

I have an aversion to this format, and I'd like to know the correct usage.
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Pronouncing dates in British English

The normal way to pronounce a date such as "22 August" or "22/8" in British English is "the twenty-second of August." My question is, do the pronunciations "twenty-two August" and "twenty-two eight" ...
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Does “end in” include the date?

I have table with head "End in" and values as "week 5", "week 8", etc. "End in" Week included? or may be different depending on the context? For example:
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When exactly does “overnight on” certain day happen?

When somebody says for example "That will happen overnight on Wednesday", do they mean it will happen on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, or between Wednesday and Thursday?
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To which year does “last August” refer?

If someone referred to "last August" in a conversation that took place in December 2015, would the speaker be referring to August 2014 or August 2015? Example sentence: "I saw you last August". ...
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Do I refer to the previous month or to the last month

I'd like to ask about the difference between "last month" and "previous month", if there is any. I am a software developer and I use those relative words as a search input values for date search. ...
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Using “on” before days or dates

I've noticed that on many American TV shows, the speakers generally don't use the word "on" before names of days or before dates. For example: I'll see you Monday. Shouldn't it be: I'll see you on ...
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How do you refer to the period from 2000 to 2009? [duplicate]

It's so natural using "the 90's" and similar to refer to decades in the 20th century. But what about 2000 to 2009? It feels strange to use "the ones" or even "the tens" for 2010 to 2019.
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“the 10-years evolution show…” or “the 10-year evolution shows…” [duplicate]

What is the correct sentence between these two forms: "the 10-years evolution show..." or "the 10-year evolution shows...". ? Both answers seem okay to me. Also, what about the dash ...
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Does “I need it by September 30th” mean deadline 24:00 the 30th, or deadline 24:00 29th? [duplicate]

I need to hand something in "by the 30th" according to instructions. Does that mean that I should hand it in latest the day before (that is the 29th), so the receiver gets it for the work day of the ...
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Which tense should be used in troubleshooting cases, simple present or simple past? [closed]

Which tense should be used in troubleshooting cases, simple present or simple past? I've seen examples where simple present is used. But what if a specific date is provided in the case. For example: ...
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Noun (date) as modifier - comma after year needed?

I know that we should always add a comma after the year if the date format is like September 15, 2015. But I've also read that if the date is used as an adjective, there should be no comma. In these ...
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“Up until 8th” - including 8th or not? [duplicate]

I've got this message from my friend: "I'll be pretty busy basically up until the 8th November." In this case, which is correct, he will be pretty busy including 8th or he will not be pretty busy from ...
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When back, if I say “Out of office until Thursday” [duplicate]

I am always confused when I get an email stating "out of office until Thursday". Is the sender back on Thursday or still out of office (o.o.o.) on Thursday and only back on Friday? Is there a good ...
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December 15th to December 16th

In general, if I say: From December 15th to December 16th Would you expect the range to be from 12/15 00:00 to 12/16 23:59 or would you expect it to be from 12/15 00:00 to 12/15 23:59?
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How do we write years before AD 1000?

For years with 4 digits, usually we write it this way: George was born in the year 1732. or George was born in 1732. What about years with three, two, or even one digit? Are these ...
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Is it correct to omit number suffix on dates?

If I have a date written: Saturday 16 December is it correct ? Or does the grammar oblige me to add the number suffix to 16 making 16th as in: Saturday 16th December ?
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What is correct? 'At d/m/y hh:mm' or 'On d/m/y hh:mm'

What is correct, if I want to be specific? On 12/7/2015 12:35 I made a purchase At 12/7/2015 12:35 I made a purchase
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Use of the definite article in a date

Where is it appropriate to insert the definite article in a date? For example, how would I say that something will be delivered on Thursday, the 9th of July? For example, are the following sentences ...
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Specify a week by using a date

I wish to refer to a specific week which contains the date I mention. Example: I suggest the week of November 9th for our meeting. where I refer to the date range Monday 9.11. to Friday 13.11. How ...
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'in' vs. 'on' for dates

I've met the following phrase: Something happened on February 12-25, 2010. It means that some event started on February 12th and ended on February 25th. Actually the text was about the Olympic ...
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Why can we use words like today and tonight but not tomorning and tonoon?

I wanted to tell my boss that I will finish a project "tonight" but mid-sentence I realized I only work until afternoon, so I tripped over my words and said "I will finish it to...noon?" we both ...
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“Weekend day” or “holiday”?

For example, I want to say that there's 14 weekend days in an interval between two dates, which means the sum of saturdays and sundays in that interval. How to say it correctly? What should I use ...
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Date Range help!

I have a date range July–September 2015. It doesn't look right. Should it be July–September, 2015? Have you any suggestions, or is it right to begin with?
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Do Americans leave the ordinal suffix out of dates?

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'. If they do, is there an explanation for this behavior?
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Can I write June 15 instead of June 15th?

In writing, I have always believed I can use day numbers without the "th" at the end. I know they are pronounced, but have been taught I can write them either with or without this "th" at the end. Is ...
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“In month year” versus “In year month”

I find that "in May 2012" is used more often than "in 2012 May" by far. Is the latter ungrammatical?
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“on” or “at” when talking about flight dates

I originally had text on a web site that stated: Showing flight results for flights from LON to NYC leaving at 01/06/2015 and returning at 08/06/2015 One of the testers has said that this ...
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What word could be used to describe a period of time that stays recent?

I have a button in an app that allows a user to enter a fixed period, i.e. they specify the start and end date and it always stays the same. I have another button that allows them to enter an ...
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How should “midnight on…” be interpreted?

From what I understand, the word "midnight" is usually interpreted incorrectly. Midnight is written as "12am" which would imply that it's in the morning. Therefore, it should be at the start of the ...
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date ranges, up to, through a specific date [duplicate]

"My patient has been under my care from January 1st to Jan. 19th." "My patient has been under my care from Jany 1st through Jan. 19th." Do both of these windows of time include the 19th as part of ...
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Which acronyms are used for epochs? How are the acronyms placed?

For example, I usually use 560 BCE 1066 CE As opposed to the traditional: 560 BC AD 1066 Some people, when using AD, place it after the year: 1066 AD How are epochs commonly denoted?
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What am I implying with the expression: “Let's meet so we can get a better feel for each other” in a dating context?

Just want to make sure I don't say something silly or nonsense. I am not a native speaker and the expression "have fun" is translated as "have fun" in all other language but in English is means let's ...
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‘On’ vs. ‘at’ with immutable date-time string [duplicate]

I understand that on is used for dates and at for times, as in On vs At with date and time. But what can I use when I have a string consists of both a date and a time? The issue is that I can’t change ...
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Location of day of week in non-U.S. long format dates?

In the United States, the long/expanded/full form of a date with day of the week is: Monday, February 24, 2014 I understand in other countries the long date form is often: 24 February 2014 So ...
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What method of counting puts Twelfth Night on January 6th?

I know English has (or at least had) some strange usages of eve and night, but I still can’t figure out how December 25th and 12 can be combined to come up with January 6th. (This stems from my ...
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When is Christmas Eve Eve?

I have recently seen weather forecasters making predictions for Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Eve Night, and for Christmas Day. One also reads of Christmas Eve Eve, with two eves. Are those all ...
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birth-death range - person still alive

I am wondering if there exists a specific symbol or word I can use in a birth-death range. When I introduce a specific person in my main text, I use a footnote to provide the reader some additional ...
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Does “last July” refer to July 2013 or July 2014? [closed]

Writing/speaking in December 2014, if I say "last July", am I referring to July 2013 or July 2014? If the answer is the former, then how do I refer to the latter? And if the latter, how do I refer ...
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Does “notified by [date]” include the end date?

I have read the Rules of a competition. The text of the Rules include a sentence as follows: As per stated in the Rules the entrants will be notified by May 30th 2010. Does the sentence above ...
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Meaning of “beginning of the year”

What does "beginning of the year" mean? example: He will graduate by the beginning of 2015. Does this mean 1-January, January, Jan & Feb, etc...?