All these refer to the 12th of May, 1999
12th May, 1999 - Commonly used in India
May 12, 1999 - A trend catching up
12 May, 1999 - Catching up
12.05.1999 - An earlier style
12/05/1999 - Old, and slowly disappearing
Some formats (online and otherwise) tell the convention to follow.
I remember Larry Ellison at Oracle as the first to say this. They were using the Sybase database internally and they decided to force themselves to design it around the business needs of their own company which was at the time similar to many of their customers..
What about thieves' cant? Here, let me share a song:
The Ruffin cly the nab of the Harmanbeck,
If we mawnd Pannam, lap, or Ruff-peck,
Or poplars of yarum: he cuts, bing to the Ruffmans,
Or els he sweares by the light-mans,
To put our stamps in the Harmans,
The ruffian cly the ghost of the Harmanbeck
If we heaue a booth we cly the [Jerk].
It is one of the many uses of the word 'against'.
5b. Indicating a possible or anticipated danger: so as to be wary of or alert for.
Oxford English Dictionary
The OED does not list it as archaic but the references for the meaning (5b) finish in 1997 and the one reference I found most suitable to the above question was from 1650:
1650 Bp. J. Taylor ...
The term Wales initially referred to the people, with Wales as the name of the country coming from that later. Welsh (the present name of the people) comes from the old adjective describing individual members of The Wales, rather than the present name of the country.
Volcae -> Walhaz (people) -> Wælas (people) -> Wales (people) ...
I don't know for sure, but I would say that later in time comes after earlier in time.
There 5 BCE is earlier in time than 1 BCE. 1 BCE is later in time than 5 BCE.
So I would say that 3-1 BCE is the later part of that decade (10-1 BCE).
I don't see how an instructor could mark me wrong if one time is later than another in chronology, not notation.
The answer lies in the definition of verb tenses.
In English, PAST tense (was) is used for action that completed as a definite/specific time in the past. "Being born" is a MOMENTARY action that spans seconds or minutes. It begins and ends relatively quickly (in the past)
We were born in the past.
I am born/he is born => Present tense/passive voice ...
Old English had full-stop punctuation in some manuscripts, but did not have regular sentence-beginning capitalization.
According to Introduction to Manuscript Studies, by Raymond Clemens & Timothy Graham (Cornell UP, 2007), the punctus, the forerunner of modern periods and commas, would have been present in manuscripts in Latin during the Old English ...