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    I would appreciate if you could please tell me what the right way to write the date on a formal document is. I am not sure if it is like this “May 14 th, 2007” or like this “May 14 th. 2007”. I know this is kind of weird, but I want to know if it is right to put a “. ” as shown in my example or not.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I would appreciate if you could please tell me what the right way to write the date on a formal document is. I am not sure if it is like this “May 14 th, 2007” or like this “May 14 th. 2007”. I know this is kind of weird, but I want to know if it is right to put a “. ” as shown in my example or not.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Hi,

    I think there are differences in British and American English.

    In British I would use May 14th 2007 (note no space between 14 and 'th')

    In American there may be a full stop (period ) after 'th' but I'm sure someone will enlighten us.


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    Thank you very much and yes i know this is quite funny but i also find it amazing how such a little thing does not have an easy and clear answer...i hope someone will enlighten us soon!! :) Moreover, i checked on the web sites of the nytimes, Washington post and the sun of London and they do not write "th" after the number on the dates.

    Who would have he right answer???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodrigo_90 View Post
    Thank you very much and yes i know this is quite funny but i also find it amazing how such a little thing does not have an easy and clear answer...i hope someone will enlighten us soon!! :) Moreover, i checked on the web sites of the nytimes, Washington post and the sun of London and they do not write "th" after the number on the dates.

    Who would have he right answer???
    On the newspapers they don't write "th". They write like this: Friday, January 6, 2007. By the way you'd better read the materials of the forum. You can find answers to many questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    On the newspapers they don't write "th". They write like this: Friday, January 6, 2007. ...
    ...And in The Times (often called 'The London Times', to distinguish it from various other arrivistes ) it's 'Friday, 6 January 2007'. It's a question of house style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    On the newspapers they don't write "th". They write like this: Friday, January 6, 2007. By the way you'd better read the materials of the forum. You can find answers to many questions.

    Yes, i know. i have read many of the posts and there are really interesting things. However, i did not find anything related to this topic that is why i created this post. Nevertheless, thank you for you help.

    One more thing, What does "th" mean??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ...And in The Times (often called 'The London Times', to distinguish it from various other arrivistes ) it's 'Friday, 6 January 2007'. It's a question of house style.

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    Yes, sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodrigo_90 View Post
    Yes, i know. i have read many of the posts and there are really interesting things. However, i did not find anything related to this topic that is why i created this post. Nevertheless, thank you for you help.

    One more thing, What does "th" mean??
    1st first 2nd second 5th fifth

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    1st first 2nd second 5th fifth
    Missed one: 3rd third .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Missed one: 3rd third .

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    Just testing

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