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Dates in American English (Basic, A-Level)

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In this lesson, you will learn how you say dates in American English.

Learn how to say the week days and the months. Also learn how to put these together in dates.


Prerequisites: To understand this lesson, you need to know cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, the days of the week, and the names of the months.


Month day, year

You write Monday, May 24, 2032,

You read Monday, May twenty-fourth, twenty thirty-two


You write 6/10/2038

You read June tenth, twenty thirty-eight

Date Formats

In American English, the date format is MM/DD/YYYY (the day, month, and year) — for example,


Sometimes you see it as [(the day of the week) Month day, year]for example,

Friday, December 31, 2027.

Reading Years

Important! You always write the year as a number. In the examples below, we are spelling out the years so that you know how to read them.

1100 – 1999

In the following years, you read the first two numbers and add “hundred.”

For the last year in the century, you say

1300 - thirteen hundred

1500 - fifteen hundred

1700 - seventeen hundred

1800 - eighteen hundred

1900 - nineteen hundred

When the year has other numbers, you say

1501 - fifteen oh one

1709 - seventeen oh nine

1901 - nineteen oh one

1902 - nineteen oh two

1903 - nineteen oh three

1941 - nineteen forty-one

1950 - nineteen fifty

1973 - nineteen seventy-three

1987 - nineteen eighty-seven

1999 - nineteen ninety-nine

Sometimes, you may here some people say them differently.

1901 - nineteen hundred and one

1902 - nineteen hundred and two

1903 - nineteen hundred and three

1904 - nineteen hundred and four

1920 - nineteen hundred twenty

1945 - nineteen hundred forty-five

1986 - nineteen hundred eighty-six

1998 - nineteen hundred ninety-eight

2000 – 2009

For the 200s, you read them a little differently.

2000 - two thousand

2000 - the year two thousand

2001 - two thousand one

2002 - two thousand two

2003 - two thousand three

2004 - two thousand four

2005 - two thousand five

2006 - two thousand six

2007 - two thousand seven

2008 - two thousand eight

2009 - two thousand nine

2010 – …

Notice how you read the first two and the last two digits of these years.

2010 - twenty ten

2015 - twenty fifteen

2020 - twenty twenty

2023 - twenty twenty-three

2030 - twenty thirty

2037 - twenty thirty-seven

2040 - twenty forty

2052 - twenty fifty-two


When you see a year (for example, 2010), you assume it is in this millennium, but you also have years before “year 0.” To distinguish between these years, you add “CE” (Common Era) and “BCE” (Before Common Era) to the year.

In older publications, you may see AD (Anno Domini, "In the year of our Lord") and BC (Before Christ). These acronyms are no longer used in academic and scholarly context.

 According to historians, Hatshepsut was an Egyptian pharaoh between 1497 and 1458 BCE. Approximately three thousand years later in 1497 CE, Ferdinand II became the King of Aragon.


Example sentences

Year Only

Below are several years and how to pronounce them in parentheses.

They built this house in 1800. (eighteen hundred)

John Edward Ecks was born in 1902. (nineteen oh two)

He was born in 1994. (nineteen ninety-four)

John moved to Texas in 2001. (two thousand one)

Where was Mr. Smith in 2000? (two thousand)

Where did you live in the year 2000? (two thousand)

Will this building still be here in 2075? (twenty fifty-five)

Where will the world be like in 2100? (twenty-one hundred)

Month Day, Year

Below are several dates and how to pronounce them in parentheses.

On January 30, 1800, they arrived in the United States. (January thirtieth, eighteen hundred)

John Edward Ecks was born on September 24, 1902. (September twenty-fourth, nineteen oh two)

Where was Mr. Smith on April 3, 2000? (April third, two thousand)

They will finish the project in December 2075? (twenty fifty-five)

Up Next: Reading the Days in Dates

Continue the lesson to learn about reading the days in dates.