First off, Greetings! I am humbled and honoured to discover and join such a wonderous community!

After much deliberation, I have decided this is the proper spelling of the year, to end my sentence:

I am writing you today to convey my shock and utter dismay at your article entitled “Darwinian Warfare”, published in your most recent issue 986, dated November 3rd, Two thousand five.

I have spent 2 hours searching and researching the proper punctuation of this term, which seems a bit rediculous. However, upon discovering this wonderful site, I now see why I spent the time debating this frivolous issue. I am sure I will have many topics to inquire about in the near future, as I often find myself composing rediculously complex sentences for the benefit of the anonymous user of message boards across the intraweb.

I have debated the following manners for expressing my content:

- simply re-word the sentence to move 'two thousand five' to the middle of the sentence, thereby removing the necessity of spelling out the year...

- two thousand five

- Two Thousand Five

- two thousand-five

- Two thousand-five

- Two Thousand-Five

- two-thousand five

- Two-thousand five

- Two-Thousand Five

- two-thousand-five

- Two-thousand-five

- Two-Thousand-Five

- and various other arrangements there-of.

these are listed in decreasing order of their likelihood of being proper.

I believe the punctuation in my original sentence to be proper. I would appreciate any corrections or suggestions pertaining to said punctuation, or to any other aspects of my original sentence.

Salutations! and thank you very much!

you'll be hearing much more from me...

p.s. the BBCode for BOLD and the icon seem to be conflicting... am I missing something here? also when I attempt to post an image using the BBCode tag, it displays the code rather than the image... am I missing an 'enable BBCode' check-box or something?
I looked at a couple of websites and they seem to put hyphens only in numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine. The first on your list is my choice: two thousand five. Dates are most often given in digits, however.

The rest of the grammar looks fine.
And what about two thousand and five? Is it possible?
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Yes it is Mr Potato (?), but Americans drop the 'and'.

cheers Vorpar... since I am indeed an american it would seem fitting to drop the 'and' I suppose... although that was one of my first questions...

Since the date is at the end of the sentence, however, wouldn't it be incorrect to type '2005'? I thought it was improper to use numerical digits to end a sentence... ?

also, would I capitalize the Two of 'Two thousand five'? or all the words, or perhaps none of the words. I think it would either be the T in Two or all lower-case...

There's no need to capitalize anything in a date, and anyway, dates are mostly written with numbers, IMHO
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I usually see dates expressed in digits, so I wanted to offer that option. I don't think there's anything wrong with using words, however.

I chose the first one because I don't think that the date is a proper noun. None of the letters should be capitalized.

Welcome to the Forum, Preacher.

I know that 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds', but if you want to write the year in words, would you not also prefer to write the day as 'November the third'?

Best wishes, Clive