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Date: Month and Day To Use TH or Not [closed]

March 15 had never been that cold. It amazed me. Was global warming fake? March 15th had never been that cold. It amazed me. Was global warming fake? Which one is correct when writing a short story.
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Term for a specific Month and Year in time

Similar to this question, is there a term to describe a month and year in time, without the day of the month? eg. a term for the month of May, 2018 as opposed to 23rd May, 2018.
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Formatting birth and death place and date [closed]

I would like to use the proper form for indicating the birth date and place and death date and place for the author of a book review. For example, would this be considered correct: Erich Neumann (b. ...
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Is is “the 80s AD” or “the AD 80s”?

I edit papers on ancient history, and one issue that keeps coming up is whether to refer to "the AD 80s" (or 50s or 90s etc, referring to a decade in the first century AD) or "the 80s ...
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What time period does “1600s” refer to? [duplicate]

I've used the form "XX00s" to mean a century, as in How poverty affected Britain in the late 1800s or In the 1600s the tensions between the crown and parliament came to a head And I use &...
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What does admission mean? [closed]

I’m confused. If it is said that “admission starts on [insert date here]”, does this mean I shall wait and apply on the given date of admission or am I supposed to apply as soon as possible and wait ...
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Options for reporting date ranges in a compact way

I am exceeding the word limit in an abstract. What are my options for limiting words in the following sentence? The study included patients with X diagnosis between 1 January 2009 and 30 September ...
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Dates preposition confusion

I'm a bit confused about the dates preposition. I know a date can be said in two ways, for example "the second of March" and "March 2(nd)". But now I seemed to a bit more complex ...
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Lecturer/Tutor at Online University, which word is more appropriate? [closed]

In the following paragraph: I am Dr. John SMITH, Lecturer at [the name of a virtual university (abbr.)] since 2009, and Research Director at [the name of another university (abbr.)] in the years 2012-...
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Is there a symbol used with AD and BC to mean “possible date”?

When historians are writing, they use BC and AD with the date, e.g.: Robinson discovered the island in 202 BC. If historians are uncertain about the date, is there a simple and short notation they can ...
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How to write a period of time in formal writing?

I'm working on my thesis and i want to ask whether these formats of dates are correct: 1_ IT lasts from the 8th to the 15th of December, 2019. 2_ From January 26th to Fabruary 2nd, 2020 I also want ...
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Adjective or noun for “uses rules that are commonly accepted even if not consistent”

I'm working on defining technical terms to explain three ways to calculate the length of time between two points in time despite the oddities of Daylight Saving Time (DST): Always use real-world ...
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a comma between day of week and day of month

Should I use a comma writing a date in the format of day of week and day of month only? The month is known from the context, so the date is, for example, "Thursday, 7"
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Can you use “of” before a date?

I just wondered if you could use "of" instead of "on" before a date in some instances. (Sorry if the question has already been asked, I couldn't find an answer). For example: I won't attend the ...
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Use of “dd” instead of “of” or “dated” in constructions of the type “Document Version 4.0 dd 21-April-2020”

I'm a translator and at one translation bureau where I work one of the editors changes the preposition "of" or the word "dated" in time-related constructions to "dd", in this way: "Document Version ...
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When wording a date where the month and year are seperate from the day, should the month have a comma? (See example.) [duplicate]

Notice the following text: “How old are you, anyway?” she asked. “Thirteen as of the twenty‐sixth of July 2004,” he stated proudly. Should "July" have a comma here? Thanks!
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(How) should redacted years be read aloud?

Related to but different from this question about the purpose of such redactions. How should a passage such as this from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein be read aloud? St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17-- ...
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What are phrases for the a date meaning “never”? [duplicate]

What are current expressions/phrases for a date or point in time in the future that does not exist, meaning "never"? In German, we have "St. Nimmerleinstag" (meaning "the day of saint never"), what ...
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TO HIT MILL Meaning?

I just heard it from two people trying to set a place for their first date. Boy: Where you wanna go? Girl: Steakhouse. Boy: Ok, I'm down for that. Girl: We can "Hit mill"? Boy: Sure, let's ...
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same number date as month number

For example, my birthday is 9/9. My brothers' birthday is 12/12. Tomorrow will be 3/3. Is there a word that describes when it is the same date as the number we use to represent the month? Please note ...
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Is there a word to encompass the concept of daylight saving time and standard time?

If I need to talk about the concept of the switching between daylight saving time vs non-daylight saving time, is there a term specific to that? I can say something like "Tomorrow, we'll change ...
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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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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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