Thread: the year 1066 'one thousand and sixty-six'

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the year 1066 'one thousand and sixty-six'

I've just read an article on how to say years in English, and there is a tiny thing I'd like to be sure of. Is it possible/natural to name the year 1066 'one thousand and sixty-six'? Or is 'ten sixty-six' is the only option?

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Re: the year 1066 'one thousand and sixty-six'

"Ten sixty-six" is much more natural to me, but "one thousand [and] sixty-six" is not impossible.

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I fully concur with GoesStation but ten sixty-six is such a well-known date that it's very unlikely you would ever hear anything else. By the way, here's a wonderful book:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1066_and_All_That
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4. Re: the year 1066 'one thousand and sixty-six'

If it's a year, it's definitely ten sixty-six. That's the only way we'd say it. One year later is ten sixty-seven. A hundred years later is eleven sixty-six.

If it's not a year, it's definitely one thousand sixty-six. Again, that's the only way we'd say it. One more is one thousand sixty-seven. A hundred more is one thousand one hundred sixty-six.

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Re: the year 1066 'one thousand and sixty-six'

Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein
A hundred more is one thousand one hundred sixty-six.
Do you ever use eleven hundred as a non-year number in AmE?

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It's possible.

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Re: the year 1066 'one thousand and sixty-six'

We have it in BrE, though mostly among older speakers.

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Originally Posted by Tdol
We have it in BrE, though mostly among older speakers.
I guess that includes me.

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Re: the year 1066 'one thousand and sixty-six'

Originally Posted by Tdol
Do you ever use eleven hundred as a non-year number in AmE?
Sure. For example: That trailer cost me eleven-hundred dollars.

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Originally Posted by Tdol
We have it in BrE, though mostly among older speakers.
As a (much) older speaker I still have the quaint habit of writing cheques. It's shorter and quicker to write say eighteen hundred than one thousand eight hundred, so I always choose that briefer option.

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