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    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

    I tend to read dates in the month/date order they're written. If it's written as "April 14/April 14th", I'd say "April the fourteenth". If it's written as "14 April/14th April", I'd say "the fourteenth of April".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I tend to read dates in the month/date order they're written. If it's written as "April 14/April 14th", I'd say "April the fourteenth". If it's written as "14 April/14th April", I'd say "the fourteenth of April".
    I assume that's the case with pretty much everyone.

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    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

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    ''She arrived on the fourteenth of April'' or ''on April the fourteenth'', '' on April fourteenth'' are correct. Am I right?
    No. I'm very surprised other members think it is. Only the first is likely.

    Like in Russian, we read English from left to right. We'd pronounce the number first, since it's the first word our eyes meet. I think it's very unlikely that somebody would consciously attempt to swap the day and month around.

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    #14

    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

    If a text said April the fourteenth and someone read it aloud as fourteenth April, would anybody actually care or feel strongly about it? I wouldn't.

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    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

    I wouldn't care but I would be surprised.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #16

    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Only the first two. There are three possible ways to pronounce that:

    1) April fourteen
    2) April fourteenth
    3) April the fourteenth
    Oh, even April fourteen is possible? For example, she was born 14 April. I can pronounce it as ''She was born April fourteen'' or ''April fourteenth'' and ''April the fourteenth''. Right?

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    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Oh, even April fourteen is possible? For example, she was born 14 April. I can pronounce it as ''She was born April fourteen'' or ''April fourteenth'' and ''April the fourteenth''. Right?
    No. Please read our posts more carefully. Also, read your own posts carefully.

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    #18

    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    No. Please read our posts more carefully. Also, read your own posts carefully.
    I asked my previous question when I read your answer on page 1. Sorry, but I don't understand. Could you please explain once again?
    Can ''April 14'' be pronounced as ''April the fourteenth'', ''April fourteenth'' and ''Fourteenth April?''
    Only the first two. There are three possible ways to pronounce that:

    1) April fourteen
    2) April fourteenth
    3) April the fourteenth


    ''There are three possible ways to pronounce that.''Do you mean there are three possible ways to pronounce them when we are stating a date without ''on''. But if we are saying that something happened on that day or someone was born on that day ''
    April fourteenth'' and ''April the fourteenth'' are used but not April fourteen. Am I right?
    1) April fourteen
    2) April fourteenth
    3) April the fourteenth
    Last edited by Rachel Adams; 13-Feb-2020 at 07:17.

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    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

    BrE speakers would not say "April fourteen" in any situation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #20

    Re: 14 April. The use of ''on''

    I'm not sure where the confusion is, Rachel Adams.

    I think it lies in the fact that some of us are thinking that you're asking how to read aloud written dates and some of us are thinking you're asking generally about how to say dates. I think the confusion is also related to the fact that when the date is part of a sentence, you have to use a preposition because it usually appears as part of a preposition phrase.

    Look:

    "I was born on April (the) fourteenth."

    In the sentence above, you have to include on. The sentence is a transcription of what somebody would say.

    April 14

    Written alone like this, the date is not part of a preposition phrase, so no preposition is necessary. The words are not a transcription of what somebody would say.

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