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Just to make sure...

I believe that, when writing the date, the "st", "nd", "rd" and "th" are written on the same line as the number (1st, 2nd etc...), and not above the line, as we do in French. Yet, my son's English teacher says it's above the line. Do Am.E. and Br.E speakers have different views on the matter? I'd like to be sure before I correct the teacher Emotion: big smile
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As far as I am concerned, either way, Pieanne. Some word processing software automatically create a superscript if you type those characters (st, th, nd, rd) after numerals. With a regular typewriter, of course, they end up on the same line and in the same typesize, and that's where they are in my Manual for Writers, with no comment appended (except to the extent that it prefers the ordinals written out in full: the twelfth of November).
I think in British English they write 1st, 2nd, 3nd because in my country we use BE and these date were written in that way.
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You are both wrong. :-)

In English (both Am. and Br.), you are not supposed to include the "st", "nd", "rd" at all. Hope this helps.
Writing the Date

There are several different ways to write the date in English. They vary from formal to informal, and there are differences between British and American English. The following table shows some typical formats.

FormatBritish: Day-Month-YearAmerican: Month-Day-Year
Athe Fourteenth of March, 1999March the Fourteenth, 1999
B14th March 1999March 14th, 1999
C14 March 1999March 14, 1999
D14/3/19993/14/1999
E14/3/993/14/99
F14/03/9903/14/99


Note: which format to use is a question of formality, politeness and personal choice. Generally, the longer formats, such as B or C, are more polite (since they show more respect for the reader). Shorter formats, such as D or E, are used in less formal situations, for example a memo, a letter between friends or an impersonal business letter. Format F is rather official and is typically seen on an invoice or an official or technical document. Format A is extremely formal and mainly used on printed items, for example a wedding invitation. The numerical formats may use a full stop (.) or hyphen (-) instead of a slash (/), for example: 14.3.1999 or 03-14-99

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Hi guys,

A problem with 3//6/2006 can sometimes be uncertainty as to whether it is 3 June or March 6.

In such cases, I prefer to write it as 3/Jun/2006 or 6/Mar/2006. This is not an uncommon format.

Best wishes, Clive
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It is very useful, but I have two questions here.

Question One:
Is date format like 2007/05/13, 07/05/13, or 2007-05-13, or 07-05-13 acceptable?

Question Two:
Which is better accepted when we only want to specify the month and the year (e.g. August 2007): 08/2007, or 08/07, or 8/07?
I really appreciated the Turkish method while living there for two years.

24.IX.44 was perfectly clear: the month, being more important than the day (or at least having fewer possibilities), had the Roman numeral. That, by the way, but not importantly, is the date of my birth.

I simply have to disagree with the poster that says that "th, rd, nd, st" are not correct. Millions of people who have computers have little choice unless they want to take the time to change what the computer does automatically.
Seems like we don't do it any more; I have never seen Roman numerals being used for the date. Well it was good to see that some ex-expats can find nice things to say about our ways of doing thingsEmotion: stick out tongue

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