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    Default Is "5 May 1818" pronounced as the fifth may, eighteen eighteen?"

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    Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883)

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    Default Re: Is "5 May 1818" pronounced as the fifth may, eighteen eighteen?"

    Hi,

    I believe it reads "May the fifth, eighteen eighteen".

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    Default Re: Is "5 May 1818" pronounced as the fifth may, eighteen eighteen?"

    ...or 'the fifth of May' or 'May fifth' or 'Fifth May', but always 'eighteen eighteen'.

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    Default Re: Is "5 May 1818" pronounced as the fifth may, eighteen eighteen?"

    You would hear also, at least in AmE, "five May eighteen eighteen" and "fourteen March eighteen eighty-three".

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    Default Re: Is "5 May 1818" pronounced as the fifth may, eighteen eighteen?"

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    You would hear also, at least in AmE, "five May eighteen eighteen" and "fourteen March eighteen eighty-three".
    You will not hear that in BrE. We don't say "five May". We always use the ordinal "the fifth of May" or "May the fifth" and just occasionally "May fifth" though that still sounds very AmE to my ears.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Is "5 May 1818" pronounced as the fifth may, eighteen eighteen?"

    I think it's a quirk of our usual way of writing May 5, 1818. We'd say "May [the] fifth, eighteen eigheen for that, but when we run into the way the rest of the world writes it, we're more likely to say "five May."
    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: Is "5 May 1818" pronounced as the fifth may, eighteen eighteen?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think it's a quirk of our usual way of writing May 5, 1818. We'd say "May [the] fifth, eighteen eigheen for that, but when we run into the way the rest of the world writes it, we're more likely to say "five May."
    It's also written/spoken that way in the U.S. military.

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