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    the third part of a month

    What is the English for the third part of a month (i.e. 20th through 29th)? Is it correct to say "the 20s of a month"?

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    Re: the third part of a month

    No, that would be incorrect to say "the 20's..."
    There isn't (to my knowledge) a word or phrase that expresses the third week of the month other than simply saying "the third week of the month".
    In business, you will often hear people referring to a week of the year by its number (there are 52 ). Today, we begin week 2 of 2012.
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    Re: the third part of a month

    I think the closest there is is early, mid and late January.

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    Re: the third part of a month

    Quote Originally Posted by Larisa_rog View Post
    What is the English for the third part of a month (i.e. 20th through 29th)? Is it correct to say "the 20s of a month"?

    Thanks.
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    Although valid (and you would be perfectly understood), I've never heard anyone refer specifically to the "third part" of a month. I think it would be understood if you used "the last third of the month", though I think it's more likely you'd hear "that last part of the month".

    Slightly off-topic: I often hear my wife say "He's in his lower | upper 30's." (refering to age) when she actually means "He's in his early | late 30's". Always cracks me up*

    *The funny part is that "upper" followed by a number range typically means temperature.

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    Re: the third part of a month

    It is typical to go by weeks, so there is no word for a 10 day period.

    We might say "the third week of January" or "the week of the 16th" (naming the Monday starting the business week.)

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    Re: the third part of a month

    Well, then, what about "third decade of the month"?

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    Re: the third part of a month

    No. Where does this need to divide a month into 10-day periods come from?

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    Re: the third part of a month

    This is typical of Russia.

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    Re: the third part of a month

    Interesting. I'm afraid there is no term in English. I would go with the suggestion given above, to say the "last third" of the month.

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    Re: the third part of a month

    This may or may not be relevant but it's interesting.
    For a brief period after the French revolution a new calender of ten-day weeks was introduced in France. There is some information about it here: French Republican Calendar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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