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    Hi,

    Recently, I have come across with people reading 2012 as "twenty, twelve". I was wondering if this is correct. I always read it as "two thousand twelve".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosa87 View Post
    Hi,

    Recently, I have come across with people reading 2012 as "twenty, twelve". I was wondering if this is correct. I always read it as "two thousand twelve".

    Thank you
    You'll hear "two thousand and twelve" (BrE, I don't know if this is used in AmE), "two thousand twelve" (AmE, never used in BrE) and "twenty twelve". I don't know if the latter is used in AmE but it's become even more prevalent since the subject of the London Olympics has been talked about so much. For some reason the "two thousand and twelve Olympics" doesn't sound as neat as the "twenty twelve Olympics" or, as it's known here, "London twenty twelve".

    We didn't say the years this way in the UK until 2010 (ie we never said "twenty oh eight" etc). I have heard people using "twenty ten" - that may be because there was a film (sequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey) by the same name and that was officially referred to as "twenty ten". I don't think "twenty eleven" was as popular though.
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    You'll hear both being used.

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    Thank you! It was of great help for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You'll hear "two thousand and twelve" (BrE, I don't know if this is used in AmE), "two thousand twelve" (AmE, never used in BrE) and "twenty twelve". I don't know if the latter is used in AmE but it's become even more prevalent since the subject of the London Olympics has been talked about so much. For some reason the "two thousand and twelve Olympics" doesn't sound as neat as the "twenty twelve Olympics" or, as it's known here, "London twenty twelve".

    We didn't say the years this way in the UK until 2010 (ie we never said "twenty oh eight" etc). I have heard people using "twenty ten" - that may be because there was a film (sequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey) by the same name and that was officially referred to as "twenty ten". I don't think "twenty eleven" was as popular though.
    I was horrified to hear somebody on BBC Radio 4 say "That was in twenty oh seven".
    This was yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I was horrified to hear somebody on BBC Radio 4 say "That was in twenty oh seven".
    This was yesterday.
    I had heard Indian medias saying "twenty oh nine" during general election which was held in 2009.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I was horrified to hear somebody on BBC Radio 4 say "That was in twenty oh seven".
    This was yesterday.
    I'd horrify you; I say "oh seven" (without the 'twenty) in informal conversation. Within my family, I even say "ought seven", a conscious reminder of the way my grandfather used to speak of the years of the first decade of the twentieth century.
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    "Twenty twelve" is the way I hear it most often here in the US. As stated above, no one would said it like this for years before 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I'd horrify you; I say "oh seven" (without the 'twenty) in informal conversation. Within my family, I even say "ought seven", a conscious reminder of the way my grandfather used to speak of the years of the first decade of the twentieth century.
    You've pointed out something I completely neglected - I too say "oh five, oh six, oh seven" etc without the "twenty" but I wouldn't say them with the "twenty".

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