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    Saying dates in English

    Hello,

    Could you check if these dates are correctly pronounced? Should it be 'dash' or 'hyphen'? Roman one, or '/aɪ/'?

    27/I-1980, twenty-seven, slash, Roman one, dash/hypen, nineteen eighty

    4/II-1936 Four slash Roman two dash nineteen thirty-six

    11/III-1908 eleven slash Roman three dash nineteen-eight

    1/IV-1981 one slash Roman four dash nineteen eighty-one

    29/V-1949 twenty-nine slash Roman five dash nineteen forty-nine

    13/VI-1946 thirteen slash Roman six dash nineteen forty-six

    14/VII-1959 fourteen slash Roman seven dash nineteen fifty-nine

    12/VIII-1967 twelve slash Roman eight dash nineteen sixty-seven

    4/IV-1966 four slash Roman five dash nineteen sixty-six

    28/X-1965 twenty-eight slash Roman ten dash nineteen sixty-five

    5/XI-1964 five slash Roman eleven dash nineteen sixty-four

    3/XII-1927 three slash Roman twelve dash nineteen twenty-seven.

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    Re: Saying dates in English

    I've never seen anyone give dates using Roman numerals.

    Normally, we don't pronounce the "slash" or "hyphen" or whatever is used to separate the numbers. 9/11 is "nine eleven."

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    Re: Saying dates in English

    Like SD, I would not read the dates in that way.

    27/9/1980 would be

    twenty-seven nine (nineteen) eighty or
    the twenty-seventh of September (nineteen) eighty.

    Don't forget that in BrE the order is day, month, year; in AmE it's month, day, year. We understand nine eleven because the American way of saying that particular date is now universal, but that hasn't made us read other dates in this way.

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    Re: Saying dates in English

    But why should 'nineteen' be put in brackets? To be honest, I am confused. I asked the same question on a site and I have been told by the natives that (4/II-1936) Four slash Roman two hyphen nineteen thirty-six. and (27/I-1980) Twenty-seven slash ey​e nineteen eighty are both correct.
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    Re: Saying dates in English

    But why should 'nineteen' be put in brackets?
    Because people we give dates to usually know what century we are in. Or which century we mean. If I am asked for my birth date and give "68" as the year, people will know I mean "1968."

    Where were you asking native speakers about dates and they told you to pronounce the "slashes"?

    Did they know you intended these to be dates, with Roman numerals used for some reason?


    Where do you encounter dates with Roman numerals in them?

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    Re: Saying dates in English

    I put 'nineteen' in brackets because some people would say it and others wouldn't.
    I asked the same question on a site and I have been told by the natives that (4/II-1936) Four slash Roman two hyphen nineteen thirty-six. and (27/I-1980) Twenty-seven slash ey​e nineteen eighty are both correct.
    I have never heard any native speaker of any variety/dialect of English saying such a thing unless they were dictating to someone. Even then, 'slash eye' would not be said of the Roman numeral 'I' even by someone dictating. What is this other site?

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    Re: Saying dates in English

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Where do you encounter dates with Roman numerals in them?
    I have known people who do this, either as 20/ix/1980 or 20/IX/1980, but not many.

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    Re: Saying dates in English

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I have known people who do this, either as 20/ix/1980 or 20/IX/1980, but not many.
    Wow. I have never seen that in my life I'd guess it was a date by the 1980, but would actually wonder if it referred to some batch number or something.
    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.

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    Re: Saying dates in English

    I haven't seen it since, I'd guess, the early 1970s.

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    Re: Saying dates in English

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I have known people who do this, either as 20/ix/1980 or 20/IX/1980, but not many.
    So have I, and in my experience, people reading those dates would convert the Roman numerals to the name of the actual month.

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