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    on the fifth of April (necessity of the)

    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/March

    - There's a meeting on March 6th.

    - I wrote to my bank on 6th March.

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../april?q=april

    - The meeting is on the fifth of April/April the fifth.

    I see no comma in the Longman Dictionary but I see 'the' used in the Oxford Dictionary. Is it a difference between American and British usage or something else?

    Thanks.

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    Re: on the fifth of April (necessity of the)

    In British English we normally say "the fifth of March", but "March the fifth" is acceptable.

    We normally write 5 March or, less commonly these days, 5th March, but March 6/March 6th are possible.

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    Re: on the fifth of April (necessity of the)

    In AmE, the following are common:

    March the 5th
    the fifth of March
    3/5

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    Re: on the fifth of April (necessity of the)

    There's one major difference between AmE and BrE when it comes to writing dates using numbers. Mike's example of "3/5" is the third of May to BrE users. WE always put the date first, then the month.

    The fifth of March would be "5/3".

    Despite years of experience of reading/seeing the AmE version, I still have to really think about it to work out what date is meant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: on the fifth of April (necessity of the)

    It always helps if one of the numbers is greater than 12.

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