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Hello, dear users of usingenglish.com.
It has been long since I last been here so I have got some questions and I hope you will help me with your kindly answers.
Thank you in advance!
How do you pronounce the following date:
I have learned that this may be uttered as 'The twelfth of January' or 'January the twelfth'.
But what if I said, e.g. 'I was born on twelve January, nineteen eighty six'? Would that be correct?
Are there any other ways of pronuncing this that I have missed?
In AmE it's more common (almost standard, really) to use the month, day, year format:
"I was born on September twenty-fourth, nineteen seventy-seven."
"I remember when I bought my first car....it was on November twenty-third, nineteen eighty-two. I joked that it was the day before Thanksgiving and that I had something extra to be thankful for that year - my car loan had been approved!"
Sometimes folks will use the reverse format ("it was the twenty-third of November...") but that sounds more like a literary device or song lyric to casual listeners, and they might even jokingly point out the "dramatic" phrasing: "I remember when I bought my first car....it was the 23rd of November - " --(One of his friends interrupts his story and says in the serious tone of someone reciting a monologue)-- : "Ah, yes, the 23rd of November, it was a cold and snowy day here in Lake Wobegon...."
The major exception to this rule is July 4th, Independence Day in the U.S. That particular date is almost always referred to as "the fourth of July" (whether the holiday is being referred to or not).
Alex, have you looked at the Similar Threads at the bottom of the page?