I'd like to write the date and time for an event that runs for one week. Currently I have: ​

June 3-7, 2013, 8:30am-5:30pm; Monday-Friday

Is this stylistically acceptable? Is there a better way?

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    This is a matter of style. I would prefer to have the "Monday-Friday" after the dates and then the times. Also, if you're going to use a ; in one place, use it after the 2013, too. – JLG Mar 13 '13 at 21:29
  • Also, those need to be en dashes not hyphens, because they’re ranges. – tchrist Mar 13 '13 at 22:22
  • It is also acceptable to write the dates in the way that they are written in England and the rest of the UK, which would be 3-7 June. – Tristan Jul 24 '13 at 14:30
  • You could dump the Monday–Friday since the dates are already specified. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 24 '13 at 15:33
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about formatting dates. It is not a question about language per se. Also, the answer will vary by country depending on whether the 24 hour clock is in common use, whether day No. precedes/follows month, whether year is first or last, ... – TrevorD Jul 24 '13 at 16:39

If you are required to keep that level of detail, you could write

June 3–7 (Monday–Friday), 2013, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday–Friday, June 3–7, 2013, 8:30am–5:30pm daily

The Associated Press Stylebook as synopsized at a www.wwu.edu/journalism webpage recommends the forms a.m. and p.m. rather than am and pm. In my opinion, 8:30–5:30 is an adequately unambiguous designation for 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and I'd write things like the following, in spite of having no authorities to directly support these forms.

M–F 8:30–5:30 daily, 3–7 June 2013
3–7 June 2013 (M–F 8:30–5:30)
3–7 June 2013 (M–F 8:30–5:30 daily)

Some useful advice and links to guides appear in How to write date range succinctly and unambiguously in American written English? and How to write the date of an event that lasts a few days.

  • Using a 24-hour representation (0830–1730) removes the need for a.m. and p.m., and reduces the fly-speck appearance of too much punctuation. – Fortiter Mar 14 '13 at 1:05
  • @Fortiter: But who uses military time besides folks in the military? – rhetorician Mar 14 '13 at 1:16
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    Some people call those who use a 24 hour clock Europeans. – Fortiter Mar 14 '13 at 1:20
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    Europeans very rarely use 24-hour designations without punctuation, though. “0830–1730” looks military in Europe, too. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 24 '13 at 14:22
  • How to write p.m. at the end of a sentence? "p.m.." or p.m."? – ceving Oct 13 '14 at 12:43

Monday–Friday, 3-7 June 2013, 08:30–17:30

  • Which country's format are you referring to? – TrevorD Jul 24 '13 at 16:39

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