A standard date question would be:

What date is it today?

But is

What date is today?


  • "What day is today?" would be probably correct; not "What date is today?"
    – Kris
    May 9, 2013 at 11:51
  • Thanks for your comment. On second thought, should we consider spoken and written English separately for an answer?
    – Stanley
    May 9, 2013 at 11:57
  • My comment is not related to spoken/written differences. It mentions day vs. date.
    – Kris
    May 9, 2013 at 11:59

2 Answers 2


"What's the date today?" would be better!

  • Thanks for your answer. Just wish to know whether the construct "What date is today ?" is used at all by native speakers.
    – Stanley
    May 9, 2013 at 12:09
  • Sorry English is not native language. But yeah in the following link the person who has answered a similar question has the native language as English : englishforums.com/English/WhatsTheDateDayToday/dbgkm/post.htm hope it is useful. May 9, 2013 at 12:15

Just find out that this question has been asked before. A more complete answer can be found below.

"What day is it today?" vs. "What day is today?"

But as Matt has suggested. This question should be posted on an ELL site.

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