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    Is there any mistake if I read the date like this?

    I know reading the dates depends on where we live and
    on our culures but I have one question please.


    03/5/2013
    The third of May 2013.
    We can also read the month before the day but:

    Is there any mistake if I read it like this;
    Three May 2013
    and is this common?

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    #2

    Re: Is there any mistake if I read the date like this?

    No, that would be the third of May. Or May third.

    (Or March fifth, for Americans.)

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    #3

    Re: Is there any mistake if I read the date like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    I know reading the dates depends on where we live and
    on our culures but I have one question please.


    03/5/2013
    The third of May 2013.
    We can also read the month before the day but:

    Is there any mistake if I read it like this;
    Three May 2013 Yes
    and is this common? No
    Regardless of how you've written; and assuming it's the 3rd of May, if someone asks you what date it is, you can say:
    "It's the third of May, 2013" or "It's May the third, 2013." [Or "It's May third" in US, as Dave has pointed out]

    You seem to be aware that 3/5/2013 in the fifth of March in USA.

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    #4

    Re: Is there any mistake if I read the date like this?

    If you say "three", then you would also say "five".

    Sometimes when asked for my date of birth, I say "Seventeenth of May, nineteen forty-two" and sometimes I say "Seventeen, five, [nineteen] forty-two".

    In normal circumstances, though, it would be said as described in posts #2 and #3.

    (By the way, that's not really my date of birth. I'm not so silly as to bandy my personal details around on the net!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Is there any mistake if I read the date like this?

    Useful and nice replies.
    Thank you so much.

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    Re: Is there any mistake if I read the date like this?

    Can I add this question:

    What about these ways of writing the date
    especially if I want to write it in short way

    3 Jan. 2013

    or

    3rd Jan. 2013

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    Re: Is there any mistake if I read the date like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    Can I add this question:

    What about these ways of writing the date
    especially if I want to write it in short way

    3 Jan. 2013

    or

    3rd Jan. 2013
    Just use the bare numeral. We say "the third of January" but you just write "3 Jan."

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    Re: Is there any mistake if I read the date like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Just use the bare numeral. We say "the third of January" but you just write "3 Jan."

    OK, Thanks again.

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