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How do I read "During the 2002/2003 season" out loud? Should I say the word "slash" or replace it with “and” or "to"?

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During the two thousand two two thousand three season.

The purpose of the slash here is not to convey information, but simply to separate the two numbers so it doesn't look like 20022003. The season is completely identified by saying the two years it covers.

You should probably say "and" after the thousands if you are using British English. You may also pronounce the years differently. (Say them the way you normally would if you spoke them on their own.) You could say "to" (or "thru" if you are in North America) but it isn't necessary.

It would be different if you were talking about something longer than a season and which could potentially cover more than two years.

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    Although I seem to remember a lot of debate from the 00s about how to pronounce years like 2002. "Two thousand and two", "Two thousand two", "Twenty oh two", etc.
    – Stuart F
    Feb 17 at 23:14
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    Yes, I haven't cast my vote because I've always heard "two thousand and two" maybe the "and" is omitted in American English and/or in fast speech
    – Mari-Lou A
    Feb 18 at 0:29
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    If this is American English, please tag your answer with [tag:american-english]. This answer is not appropriate for British English.
    – Andrew Leach
    Feb 18 at 11:33
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    As a British English speaker I would now say (because I’m accustomed to saying years like 2015 and 2024 in a particular way) “Twenty-oh-2 Twenty-oh-3 season”, probably without an intervening “to”. But others may do otherwise. You’d really have to conduct a survey to find out.
    – David
    Feb 18 at 14:34
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Replace the slash with to, and read 2002 and 2003 the way you normally would ("two thousand and two" or "twenty-oh-two" or whatever).

It would be understood without the to provided that the intonation introduced a comma and was pronounced with a short comma-like break, "two thousand and two, two thousand and three".

What British English doesn't do is simply run them together.

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  • Neither does American English.
    – Lambie
    Feb 18 at 17:04

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