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Dates in American English (the Days) (Basic, A-Level)

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Saying the days

Examples: Days only

When you speak, you sometimes say the day only because people understand that you are talking about the current month.

on the first

on the second

on the third

on the fourth

on the twenty-third

and so on…


Examples: Days and months

You can include the month and the day to be clear. You may say “on the first of June,” but you would write “June 1.”

(In these examples, how you say it is in parentheses.)

on the first of June

on the second of March

on the fifteenth of October

on June 1
(on June first)

on March 2
(on March second)

on October 15
(on October fifteenth)

You can also include the day of the week.

on Sunday, June 1 (… June first)

on Monday, March 2 (… March second)

on Friday, October 15 (… October fifteenth)

Examples: Month Day, Year

To include everything, you are completely clear about the day you are talking about. (How you say it is in parentheses.)

on Wednesday, August 29, 1998
(on Wednesday, August twenty-ninth, nineteen ninety-eight)

on Tuesday, February 22, 2000
(on Tuesday, February twenty-second, two thousand)

on Sunday, June 1, 2025
(on Sunday, June first, twenty twenty-five)

on Monday, March 2, 2026
(on Monday, March second, twenty twenty-six)


In some countries, they write “June 1st,” “October 3rd,” “December 24th,” and so on.

In American English, you write, for example, “June 1” and “October 3” but say “June first” and ”October third.”

MM/DD/YYYY format

How do you read 2/3/2022?

Remember that the format is [Month day, year] in the United States, so you know the month is February. That date is “February 3, 2022,” which you read ”February third, twenty-twenty-two.”

You can also use the last two digits of the year (e.g., 2/3/22). Only use that when the context makes it clear that the year is 2022, not 1922.


Practice 1. Reading years.

Practice 2. Reading dates.

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