In a business letter, what's the correct or more frequent way to write date ranges?

from the 4th to the 8th of June 2014, we have been working on the project


from 4 to 8 June 2014, we have been working on the project


In June 2014, 4 to 8, we have been working on the project

  • I'd say first because the other two sound kind of odd, not wrong but not very frequently used. Either way its an ambiguous question so personal preference matters the most.
    – Invoker
    Jul 21 '14 at 11:09
  • why ambiguous? how can I improve it?
    – Jess Stone
    Jul 21 '14 at 11:11
  • Because there is no hard and fast rule regarding which one to use specifically, as in some people may prefer the 2nd one for formal use or some may use something else altogether.
    – Invoker
    Jul 21 '14 at 11:15
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    Jess Stone, it's worth remembering that what is the correct way to write date ranges, depends on which English you use. As you can see in the answer from Gary's Student, American English involves writing dates as month, day and then year, as well as use of the word through. This is not the case in the UK.
    – Tristan r
    Jul 21 '14 at 12:07
  • I am writing in 'international' English, neither American nor British. I am just addressing to a foreign person, whose native language is not English(American/British)
    – Jess Stone
    Jul 21 '14 at 13:04

Both forms are acceptable. The use of 8th is more common than either 8 June or the eighth of June.

Because both dates are in the past, consider using past tense.

"We worked on the project from June 4th 2004 through June 8th 2014."

The use of through is slightly less ambiguous.


From June 4th through 8th of 2014...


From the 4th through 8th of June in 2014...


From June 4 through June 8, 2014

The first option you posted is normal, but the other two are nonstandard.

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    I think that using "through" with dates like this is particular to AmEng. Jan 31 '18 at 10:14

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