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    Categorising names of years

    I started in 1998.

    I understand that in 1998 is a prepositional phrase, so I suppose that 1998 is a noun phrase. Could someone confirm that, please?

    Secondly, can 1998 be categorised as a noun even though it is not a word in the normal sense? If so, is it a proper noun? If not, what can it be called?

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    Re: Categorising names of years

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    Re: Categorising names of years

    So do you also see 1998 as the name (proper noun) of the year, Piscean? If written out in full, does that mean we would capitalise it to Nineteen Ninety-Eight?

    Also, would you capitalise the name of the century as the Twentieth Century? If not, does that suggest that it isn't a proper noun?

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    Re: Categorising names of years

    Why can't you ask simple questions?

    The twentieth century and nineteen ninety-eight cannot be common nouns in that there is only one of each. If I had to classify them, I'd lump them with proper nouns.

    I won't attempt to come up with an explanation of why we don't capitalise the 'names' of years and centuries but we do the 'names' of days and months.
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