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English Grammar Reference: Dates

We usually write the date in one of two ways :

I was born on 2nd October 1970.
I was born on October 2nd 1970.

We say these dates in this way:

I was born on the second of October nineteen seventy.
I was born on October the second nineteen seventy.

When we say the year we divide the number into two:

1990 - nineteen ninety
1278 - twelve seventy-eight

For the first 10 years of the millenium it is different:

2002 - two thousand and two
1009 - one thousand and nine

If we only say the month or the year without saying the exact date, the prepostion is in:

We got married in 2005.
They are going on holiday in July.


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