Quote from VOA News:
"2010 is a significant date in the world's fight against global hunger: it marks 30 years since the first World Food Day and 65 years since the founding of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization. "
here's the link : Hunger in Focus: On 30th World Food Day, 925 Million Still Hungry | News | English
My question is why 2010 is a date not a year?how to understand it?
We say 'Henry VIII's dates were 1491-1547', so a year is a date.
Maybe it's BrE, but calling a year a date doesn't sound particularly strange to me - we do use it for kings and queens etc - though I think 2010 is simply an anniversary of these things so I can't see a good reason to use it here.
I wonder if the writer used year at first and later edited it to date to avoid excessive repetition after realising he wanted to use 'years' twice more in the same sentence.
Of course when it comes to modern history, those "dates" would be particular days, but let's say the kid has to learn the medieval history at the moment.
That sounds fine to me, BC, and it's correctly punctuated."I hate learning history. All these dates are killing me!"
Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Oct-2010 at 02:38.