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When writing a date range that includes the year, does first year require the second comma?

In the situation below, should the first date (2019) have a comma after it? I cannot find a specific rule on this in CMOS. I do not have the option to reword the sentence. I will be living in ...
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What is the history behind how date is read?

I was trying to find out if there were reading guidelines for dates, e.g., for broadcasting or competitive recitation. There seem to be a few different accepted ways of reading out dates, e.g., 1, or ...
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What is a good alternative for “Date” when talking about range of years?

I need to design a table where one of the columns is the range of years. The range of years denote when someone was working in a specific city. For example, Date Location --------- -------- ...
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Term for public holiday that isn't the same date every year?

I just need the term for a public holiday or event that changes it's date every year. So for example Christmas is always on December 25 but Labour Day will change so does Easter every year. TIA
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Date and time on one line

How does one display a date and a time on one line? Example: Sep 25, 2019 20:59 How would this be displayed on one line? Adding another , after 2019 does not look/feel right to me. Is there a rule?
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Alternatives to using “from - to” with dates

Is there a correct and formally accepted shorter alternative to "from ... to ..." when referring to a specific period of time? e.g. They have their annual forum meeting in Las Vegas from 10 to 12 ...
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“Due date of” or “Due date for”?

"November 10th is the due date for assignment 1" "November 10th is the due date of assignment 1" Are both correct? If so, which one is best? I don't think it makes any difference but I will be using ...
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Why is “-ber” the suffix of the last four months of the year?

September October November December Presumably something Latin, but my (admittedly brief) search sees only mention of the number-based root words. More specifically, what does "-ber" mean?
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“Valid through 2021” means until when?

If some validity period, say a promotion, specifies "valid through 2021", does that mean until Dec 31, 2021, or Jan 1, 2021? This is in the USA, if this differs around the world.
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When did “floored” become used to mean “surprised?”

My go-to resource, Etymology online, has plenty of information about "floor" as a noun, but not as a verb to mean "surprise" or even "knock over." I just want to know if it would be anachronistic to ...
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Is there an adverb for “on working days only”

I am writing (yet another) calendar software which should also support recurrent entries/events, i.e. entries that repeat in certain intervals. So far I have: "daily" - happens every day "weekly" - ...
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Correct preposition for dates written YYYY-MM-DD

What is the correct preposition when writing dates in the numerical format YYYY-MM-DD? I would argue that there are two possibilities, "on" or no preposition at all, but then again I'm not a native ...
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Correct format for writing dates [duplicate]

is writing date in format 22 April 2019 correct? it was written in meeting minutes. for example: the event will take place on 22 June 2019 etc
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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 [closed]

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' [duplicate]

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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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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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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What punctuation mark is used to indicate the unknown year of a decade?

On occasion I've seen a novel in which the writer wants to identify a year by all but the last digit, so that the year could be any year in a decade. I want to be certain of the punctuation mark that ...
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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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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 ...