Can you please say how to read if the date is written like this: 27.10.82

Should it be pronounced - 27th October, 1982 or can we say just the numbers? If only numbers are enough, should we say point or dot?

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    It really depends on context. Suppose you're reading out a series of dates for someone else to copy down (in numeric format), for example. They'd probably rather you just said the numbers, to save them the mental effort of working that out from the third of April nineteen eighty-four. – FumbleFingers Dec 17 '16 at 17:54
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    Normally I'd read it as "twenty-seven ten eighty-two". Though note that the ordering is British/European, and in the US it would be "10/27/82". (And in some scientific and military environments it would be "19821027", with or without separators.) – Hot Licks Dec 17 '16 at 18:51

As FumbleFingers says in a comment, in ordinary speech, I'd say it in full. In some contexts where it was already established that this was a date - for example, when reading out a list of dates, or when going through a number of files in a drawer, reading out the date on each one - i might say "twenty-seven ten eighty-two". I wouldn't say "dot" or "point" or anything else between them (and in writing, I would more likely use / or - than .)

  • The wouldn't say "dot" or "point" bit applies in many closely-related contexts, in that we never mention the separator when reading out monetary values (It cost £11.50), times (They close at 11:50pm), etc. – FumbleFingers Dec 17 '16 at 21:03
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    @FumbleFingers - But note that you would not say "They close at one one five oh", or "They close at one fifteen zero". The hours and minutes are always stated as separate two-digit numbers, with the exception that 11:05 would be "eleven oh five". – Hot Licks Dec 17 '16 at 23:24
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    @HotLicks: that applies to money and dates as well. I think that whenever the two-or-more-digit number is a number that you can count, we read it that way. Only if the digits are just digits - in a serial number, say - will we read them as separate digits. – Colin Fine Dec 18 '16 at 10:34
  • @Colin Fine: Perzactly! It's nine-eleven, not nine hundred [and] eleven. – FumbleFingers Dec 18 '16 at 13:04

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