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    All about century

    "The eighties of nineteenth century should be written as 1880's in Arabic numberals (i.e. 19 - 1 century) + (years 80)." Why is that so?

    Also, "The 5th century means from 500 to 401 B.C." Why is that? Could you explain about that in greater detail? Thank you so much.

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    Smile Re: All about century

    "The eighties of nineteenth century should be written as 1880's in Arabic numberals (i.e. 19 - 1 century) + (years 80)." Why is that so?

    Dp, what other alternatives would you envisage using?

    Also, "The 5th century means from 500 to 401 B.C." Why is that? Could you explain about that in greater detail? Thank you so much.

    The 5th century is actually 400-499. This is because there was no 'zero' century; at the point of Christ's birth (for agrument's sake at the beginning of 1AD, this would have been classed as the first year of the 1st Century, so by the time you get to 100AD you are then into the second Century.

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    Re: All about century

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    "The eighties of nineteenth century should be written as 1880's in Arabic numberals (i.e. 19 - 1 century) + (years 80)." Why is that so?

    Dp, what other alternatives would you envisage using?
    I mean. Why not 1990's but 1880's instead. What is the reason for that?
    Also, "The 5th century means from 500 to 401 B.C." Why is that? Could you explain about that in greater detail? Thank you so much.

    The 5th century is actually 400-499. This is because there was no 'zero' century; at the point of Christ's birth (for agrument's sake at the beginning of 1AD, this would have been classed as the first year of the 1st Century, so by the time you get to 100AD you are then into the second Century.

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    Re: All about century

    You can use either 1990's/1880's OR 1990s/1880s. I prefer the latter.

    If you mean why is it called the nineteenth century when the years are 1800-1899, then the first century runs from the year one to 99, the second century runs from 100-199, the third century runs from 200-299 and so on. That is why we are now in the 21st century, and not the 20th.

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