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    Default 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    How do you say the years? Anyone?

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    Quote Originally Posted by english-kazan View Post
    How do you say the years? Anyone?
    The early two thousands.

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    Quote Originally Posted by english-kazan View Post
    How do you say the years? Anyone?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, English-Kazan.

    (1) I have asked a "million" people the same question, and no one

    has been able to give me a satisfactory SHORT answer.

    (2) I heard one reporter on TV call 2000 - 2009 the "OO's."

    (He pronounced the letter O)

    (3) An American magazine recently used the term "the aughts."

    (a) "aught" = 0

    (b) Of course, 95% (?) of Americans would never use that term.

    (c) But it is nice, isn't it?

    (4) I guess you will just have to say "the first decade of this century."

    P .S. I hope you say "the aughts." If I ever have to mention that

    decade, I plan to use that term -- especially in writing. If enough

    people start using that term, it will then become the "correct"

    term: the 1980s, the 1990s, the aughts.

    ***** THANK YOU *****

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    The early two thousands from Raymott sounds OK, doesn't it.

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    "Just after the turn of the millennium."

    How about that?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    Many people call these years the noughties.

    Rover

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Many people call these years the noughties.

    Rover
    I posted about this last week. I commented that I had a recently noticed 'the noughties' being used without quotes in the Guardian.

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The early two thousands.
    The problem with your suggestion is that it's somewhat inexact or vague. The 2030s, for example, could be considered to be part of the early two thousands.

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    Just to answer the question, here are some possibilities:

    the early 2000s
    the years [immediately] following the millennium
    the first few years/early part of the last decade/noughties [BrEng at least!]
    the post-millennium years/period
    the years post millennium
    the years subsequent to the millennium [hmm, maybe that's me reverting to legal English as is my wont]

    or how about:

    From [about/roughly] 2001 to 2003
    Between [about/roughly] 2001 and 2003

    ?

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    Default Re: 1991/1992/1993=early 90s, 2001/2002/2003=?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    The problem with your suggestion is that it's somewhat inexact or vague. The 2030s, for example, could be considered to be part of the early two thousands.
    That's a problem with any term taken out of context. It's a problem with "the early nineties" - 1890s? 1990s?
    However, if I said, "I used to be overweight back in the early two thousands", you'd probably know what I meant.
    Obviously, it's inexact and vague - it's meant to be. If I wanted to be precise, I'd say, "I used to be fat between March, 2001 and August, 2003."

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