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    This is my report for October 2005.
    This is my report for October, 2005.
    Which is proper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ireneirene
    This is my report for October 2005.
    This is my report for October, 2005.
    Which is proper?
    Both of the two usages are proper, but when the text language is regarded as the binding frame the latter one should be preferred; that is, the comma here is the equivalent of the article "the"

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    Hi Umut Hizar,
    I appreciate your help .... but what do you mean by "but when the text language is regarded as the binding frame the latter one should be preferred", and do you mean that the second sentence may also be "This is my report for October the 2005..... ..Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ireneirene
    Hi Umut Hizar,
    I appreciate your help .... but what do you mean by "but when the text language is regarded as the binding frame the latter one should be preferred", and do you mean that the second sentence may also be "This is my report for October the 2005..... ..Thanks
    As for the formal speech the second one (the usage with a comma) is preferred more common the one without comma.

    I have heard of it several times, but I am to say that the place of definite article "the" is not correct. How I didn't recognise it I don't know. (We are in our holy month Ramadan; supper month I mean) It might be because of hunger.

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    hehehe..yeah let's blame it to hunger ...that's fine..thank you so much...eidl fitr is almost here ....carpe diem!!!

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    eidl fitr?

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    You'll see both, but there's no need for a comma. In fact, some regard it as an wrong when there is just a month and a year:
    http://www.ptloma.edu/studentdevelop...riting/w3.html (scroll down to #10)



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    I agree with y'all.

    The reason for the comma is to separate the numbers. like this,

    EX: October 31, 2005

    Omit the comma and the phrase reads like a string of digits.

    EX: October 31 2005

    In this day and age, strings of countless digits are common, so it's highly doubtful that a person would read 31 2005 as something other than a date, but the comma rule is an old one, and it's still kicking around.

    There's no need for a comma here:

    EX: October 2005

    There just isnt anything to separate. "October" is a sting of letters and "2005" is a string of numbers. They are different, not the same. And speakers know they are different, separate, so adding a comma would result in redundancy.

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