Question: How do I write the date in English? Sometimes I write: “I will meet you on the 8 of March 2019.” Other times I write “…on Thursday, the 18th of June.” I never know how to write the date in a sentence properly! Help!
Answer: Don’t worry you are not alone. I have seen my clients write some very creative date formats in English. You are almost there! We just need to change the word order. It’s important to remember that we say and write dates differently.
I am going to give you two choices about how to write a date in English properly.
How to write the date in English:
March 30, 2017 or the 30th of March, 2017
The difference is the use of ordinal (30) or cardinal numbers (30th).
In Canada, we mostly use the first example (March 30, 2017), but you might see the second example of a date in official documents (e.g. contracts). I find the first example cleaner and it is better for most situations.
Examples of date format in sentences:
We will re-evaluate the procedures no later than May, 2017.
The client will submit the documents by December 14, 2018.
I look forward to meeting you on April, 2019.
Payment is due April 30, 2017.
We received payment on May 6, 2017.
If you want to include the day:
Could we talk next Tuesday, June 6 at 9 am?
We promise to get back to you by Friday, September 21, 2980.
This is your horoscope for Friday, May 5, 2017
The finer points:
- Don’t forget the comma between the day and the year.
- I should also mention that we say dates differently than we write them.
- Please keep in mind that the date format varies by country. For example, the United Kingdom uses: I posted this blog on 5 May 2017.