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Should it be "between the 13th and the 14th century" or "between the 13th and 14th centuries"?
Thanks in advance
I never know if the turn of the century means the end or the beginning. Does the turn of the 13th mean 1299-1301 or so, or 1399-1401 or so?
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.
I also have problems with it, but I checked before posting. It's the latter, if I checked correctly.
'at the turn of a [specific] century' usually means at the beginning of that century, so 'at the turn of the 13th century' means 1200 or slightly later. But, it seems, there is no common agreement about usage and some may interpret it to mean at the end of the 13th century:
Last edited by birdeen's call; 16-Jul-2010 at 18:41. Reason: I can't write, sorry.