Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Hausa
      • Home Country:
      • Nigeria
      • Current Location:
      • Nigeria

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    dates in english

    "did you have icecream in the last 10 years?"... when answering this question, will you regard the last 10 years to be from 2004 to date or 2005 to date?

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #2

    Re: dates in english

    Quote Originally Posted by billi View Post
    "did you have icecream in the last 10 years?"... when answering this question, will you regard the last 10 years to be from 2004 to date or 2005 to date?
    Unless it's the Secret Police asking, I doubt whether anyone's going to care. But it means in the ten years up to now, that is, since 22nd April 2004. In non-AmE, this question would be "Have you had (eaten) ice cream in the last ten years?"
    If the question were something official, such as "Have you been refused insurance; Have you been charged with a traffic offence", then you'd have to think about it, using 22nd April 2004.

  3. riquecohen's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil

    • Join Date: Aug 2010
    • Posts: 6,002
    #3

    Re: dates in english

    The question would be asked in the same way in AmE, using the present perfect.

Similar Threads

  1. Saying dates in English
    By sondra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 14-Sep-2012, 17:53
  2. Dates
    By Allen165 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-Oct-2011, 12:21
  3. dates
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Jun-2007, 21:58
  4. Hi! Re. dates in English
    By freshair in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 14-Feb-2007, 22:07
  5. Dates
    By valtango in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Nov-2003, 08:14

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •