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Questions relating to the English Language usage when referring to dates

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19 April 12pm - What time is it? Is 12:00pm this day the same as 00:00am tomorrow? [duplicate]

English is not my native language and I am confused when writing about midnight of some day. I am mostly using 24h-format on every day basic, so I want to make sure how to use 12h-format properly. ...
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How to write when you're comparing dates

I want to express in a technical specification document the outcome when comparing two dates. In programming language I can simply say if DateA is smaller than DateB but when translating this to ...
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From <date> to <date> OR On <date> to <date>?

I have a question about using the prepositions indicating starting and ending dates. Which of the following is grammatically correct and why? I will be away from March 1st to 5th. I will be away on ...
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Using “from” instead of “since” when referring to a date

Is it appropriate to use "from" instead of "since" in reference to a specific date? Also, does it matter whether this date is in the past or future when considering the previous question? For example,...
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Is completing a task on the due date considered overdue?

I'm a bit confused about whether the term "due date" is inclusive or exclusive, i.e. if I need to complete a task before that date or if I can still complete the task on the date itself (assuming I'm ...
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“25th De­cem­ber” vs “25 De­cem­ber”: Should I use or­di­nals or car­di­nals for the day of the month?

In one of the IELTS lis­ten­ing tests, there is a fill-out-the-blank ques­tion read­ing: The mu­seum is not open on ___. My an­swer was “25th De­cem­ber”. How­ever, the of­fi­cial an­swer is “25 ...
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How to properly reference the century one lived in when their lives cross from B.C. to A.D

Socrates lived in the 4th century (B.C.). My kids live in the 21st century, and so forth. What is the most concise way to reference a historical figure, like Livy, who lived from 59 B.C. to A.D. 17? ...
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Punctuation before or after superscript of date?

Where do I insert the period when using superscripts for "th" of a date? For example see below. They both seem wrong to me even though the first version seems more "wrong" than the second version: ...
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Service will be 'unavailable Saturday' vs '…unavailable on Saturday'

I want to perfect this system message the most I can and am over-thinking the use of the proper words. Is it better to say "Email will be unavailable Saturday 12/29 from 5 PM to 9 PM" or "Email will ...
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Back-dating “drunk driver”

I've been impressed by the quality of research done on this forum. I have "drunk driver" meaning one who drives an automobile while intoxicated from 1948. I'm pretty sure it's older than that. Can ...
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Is there a word that means a day's “antipode” within a year?

I notice today is September 15th, which is about 6 months after (or before) March the 15th, famously known as the Ides of March (and not much loved by Caesar). In geography, an antipode is the ...
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Can I read dates using a number for the month instead of the name of the month?

I am a Finnish speaker and in Finnish it is very common to speak out loud a date, say 7.9 or 13.2 or so, as (translating directly) seventh of ninth or thirteenth of second and so on. This assumes the ...
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The date on which a reservation was created vs on which a reservation is valid

A reservation can have two dates. The first is the date on which the reservation was created, e.g. July 1. The second is the date on which the reservation is valid, e.g. July 2 On July 1, I made a ...
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last <date> vs on <date> [duplicate]

Is it more correct to say: Your service expired last June 1, 2017 as opposed to Your service expired on June 1, 2017 If yes, why?
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Unambiguous way to say 'any day within a range of days"? [duplicate]

What is the unambiguous way to say any day within a range of days? I want to say you can choose any day: 1,2,3,4 or 5th of Aug. You can choose any day between Aug 1st and Aug 5th. You can choose any ...
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Word for “business day or calendar day”

I'm trying to find a good term name that defines what "type of day" a business is using to account for time. In particular, "business day" vs "calendar day" vs "banking day". Without a more ...
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How do you categorize a set of numbers that are dates?

I am working on something that is categorizing the word type as they are. For ex: FB is an initialism for Facebook. NASA is an acronym for the space agency. But then I came across a set of integers ...
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Usage of en dash in a CV

I write the date in my résumé in the following format: 7/2017–present 4/2015–6/2017 8/2010–3/2015 Is this the right way to do it? I am asking because I also saw the following notation: 7/2017 – ...
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How to properly concatenate dates?

We organize multi-day events, and we want to write a sentence that informs people of when these events will take place. Suppose one of these events is taking place on Jan/29, Jan/30, Jan/31, Feb/4 ...
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How to use dates with from and to

Do these sentences make sense? "X is a food trade show which took place from the 4th to the 7th November 2013" "the international congress was held from 22nd to 24th October 2015" What are the ...
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“due for renewal on” vs “due for renewal by”

I'm looking at a 'renewal notice' that says "your service is due for renewal on: 12 February 2018". Does this mean that I can still renew it on 12 Feb? Or, does it imply that the service must be ...
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Is “month year” or “month, year” the more common form of punctuation in print publishing?

A great many style guides address the question of whether or not to separate the month and year with a comma in phrases of the type "January[,] 2018"—and yet, to my surprise, a search of English ...
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Comma(s) when using: “As of January 2018” at end of sentence

Here is a sentence for you: The Amiga Computer Corporation has finally closed its doors permanently as of January 2018. Should the comma(s) be placed like this: The Amiga Computer Corporation ...
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Writing a date range [closed]

Good afternoon, I need to express a date range, it's for an advertisement so not a formal affair. My difficulty is the amount of conflicting opinions on how dates should be written. Anyway, the ...
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Shortest date abbreviation recommended by CMOS

What's the shortest abbreviation for a full date (day, month, and year) recommended by the Chicago Manual of Style? I know CMOS recommends against all-numeral dates, so I'd rather not use those. (I ...
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Date “at which” - Date “for when” - Date “on which” [closed]

Which of these three phrases is better/correct? Date at which it will be enabled Date for when it will be enabled Date on which it will be enabled This is for instructions to a user to enter a date.
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Any specific word to describe a date, contains only year, month and day, but not time?

I want a word to describe the name of a date, that is a date only contains year, month and day, like "2017-7-1", but not contains time "12:05". The word "date" is not specific, because it can also ...
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Define the use of dates

Can anyone tell me that whether I should write July 25 or July 25th if someone asks me when was I born? Should I answer "I was born on July 25" or "I was born on July 25th."?
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Identify individual months within quarters

To identify months in 2-months-intervals one can use "odd months" and "even months". How would one most concisely identify individual months within quarters (other than the obvious "every second ...
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Which date for the works cited page?

I am using MLA 7th edition. I am citing an article published April 10th and edited April 12th. Which date should I cite? Thank you!
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Is it correct to omit preposition before date?

Today, I received a mail from Steam and noticed that there was no preposition before the date. This is the part of the mail: SPECIAL PROMOTION! Offer ends 26 Apr 2:00am KST Shouldn't it be: ...
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Punctuation in “tomorrow” followed by date followed by time [closed]

Which is more correct? Tomorrow, April 7, at 10:00 a.m. or: Tomorrow, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. EDIT: This question was prompted by someone telling me that it's incorrect to separate date and time ...
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Writing out a date [closed]

I have a co-worker who continually writes the date as follows: September 3rd, 2017 My question is this: isn't the 'rd' implied and not needed when writing?
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How to express worry about a near date?

Let's say John and I agreed that at April 6h he and I would have a work done. Thus, I would like to send him an e-mail saying something like this: Hi John, the agreed date is approaching. ...
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Is there any word in English for the date after interchanged day and month digit? [closed]

For example, my friend's anniversary is on 3rd August (03/08/2016-dd/mm/yyyy). If I interchange the Month and Day digit and write 08/03/2016 meaning 8th March, is there any special word for this kind ...
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Can Dating Be Used In Non-Romantic Situations? [closed]

Would such sentence make sense? "Tonight is our date night with mom."
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What is a good synonym for “appointment”? Is “date” one of them?

TL;DR: If I use “date” for “appointment”, is it unmistakably understood? If not, is there a shorter word for “appointment”? In German, there’s Termin, from Latin terminus (“boundary, limit”), for ...
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If I were to write down “101” (as in the introduction to a course) in letters, how would I do it?

At first I thought that "101" was a prononciation of "One-Null-One", but then I found out that someone had wrote it down as "One-Ow-One". I'm confused. Also: when I hear people pronouncing years like ...
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Use of “in” and span of time; “prior” and specific date

I am trying to accomplish an application, and one of the requirements is to complete/finish your studies (i.e. graduate and get your degree). I don't understand the way they worded it. They use this ...
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Abbreviation of day of week in non-U.S. (little-endian) long-format dates and date ranges [closed]

According to Location of day of week in non-U.S. long format dates?, days of the week should be placed before the rest of the date and separated by a comma: Wednesday, 26 September 1832 How does ...
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Reading date with numbers such as “27.10.82” [closed]

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 ...
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Ambiguity regarding the word “date” [closed]

The word "date" appears to be ambiguous. What is the answer to the question: "What is the date today?" Is it "18th" or "18th November 2016"? I am looking at date ambiguity from the point of view of ...
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Position of AD in a full date (BrE) [closed]

I know that AD comes before the year mentioned and BC after— 126 BC, AD 33 If I mentioned the full date UK style for BC, it's easy as well— 25 December 126 BC (follows the rule of example 1, ...
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What do you call someone who only dates somebody because they have problems? [closed]

The only reason they started dating that person is because they wanted to help that person overcome their problems and not for their feelings. To fall in love with helping the problem and not with the ...
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How would I punctuate Sunday, November 19 6:30 to 7:30 PM [duplicate]

How would I punctuate Sunday, November 19 6:30 to 7:30 PM when giving the date and start/end time of an event?
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What's the correct (or best) way to express “from [date] to [date]”?

I ran across this text: From October 17-20, 2016, we will be attending the electric appliances convention, in Spain. Meaning that we will be attending the convention between October 17th and ...
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How can I distinguish between the two meanings of “the late 1800s”?

"The late xxxxs" is sometimes used to mean the later years of a decade, but it is also used to mean the later decades of a century. For example, "the late 1880s" usually means somewhere around 1887-...
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Better/shorter formulation for “teaching time”

I have a label Teaching time that reflects the time-slot of the day or week a lecture would be taught on. For example, morning, afternoon, evening, weekend... Is there any better (shorter) British ...
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Correct usage of date format in a sentence [duplicate]

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 ...
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En dashes and shortened year ranges [duplicate]

I understand that typically an en dash ( – ) is used when presenting a range of numbers. For example, when representing a range of years such as "1990 – 2000." My question pertains to instances in ...