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I have an example here.

Payment of $45 from 20 Aug 16 to 20 Sep 16 has been made successfully.

Is is right to frame a date this way for the user to read it easily or is there any other way to format a date in sentences like above?

marked as duplicate by tchrist Oct 6 '16 at 22:00

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  • The sentence you give makes perfect sense and would be clearly understood by all. – BladorthinTheGrey Aug 25 '16 at 11:50
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    @BladorthinTheGrey I’d have to disagree with that. The date format is fine, but I don’t see how a payment itself can be from some date to another. A payment is a payment: it takes place once, at a particular time; not over the course of a month. I suspect what is really meant is something like, “Payment of $45 for/covering the period of 20 Aug 2016 – 20 Sep 2016 has been successfully made”. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 25 '16 at 11:58
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    @JanusBahsJacquet I agree with you there, I had only looked at the date format, I should have looked at the wider sentence – BladorthinTheGrey Aug 25 '16 at 13:09
  • This is exactly not the case. I just had given an example. The actual word there is - Past Due @JanusBahsJacquet – Hemalatha Aug 26 '16 at 5:00
  • The preferred date format varies by country and culture. "Aug 20, 2016 to Sept 16, 2016" would generally be preferred in the US. – Hot Licks Sep 6 '16 at 16:55

"The date is 20 Aug 16…" should show that in the example the date format is fine; the rest of the phrase merely confusing.

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    The use of two-digit years is highly suspect. – tchrist Oct 6 '16 at 21:59
  • Before both false and real millenniums, two-digit years terrified the ignorant; nothing more. In the context, US date formats are clearly wrong to use months then days then years. “Time” is a human construct, but it passes as days then months then years. While it’s true that “ ’16” with an apostrophe is more “correct” than “16” alone, that’s a different question than whether either is “suspect”. Those who see the millennium bug as a dead duck tend to find “2016” or “ ’16” or “16” roughly equally acceptable, perhaps depending on circumstances. – Robbie Goodwin Nov 3 '18 at 19:41

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