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    the 1900s=?

    L. G. Alexander says in his LONGMAN ENGLISH GRAMMAR (47.4.1) 'We refer to 1900-1910 as the nineteen hundreds.'

    But I searched the wikipedia pages for 'the 1900s', and found the article:
    1900s and its introduction:
    This article is about the decade starting in 1900 and ending in 1909. For the century starting in 1901 and ending in 2000, see 20th century.

    And I read this sentence in the McGraw-Hill Social Studies book: Understanding United States:
    Like the Amish and the earliest settlers in the 1600s and 1700s, the western pioneers had to depend on their neighbors.
    Obviously in this sentence 'the 1600s and 1700s' means 'the 17th and 18th centuries', adding up to 200 years.

    My question is how many years and which years 'the 1900s' refers to.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by joham; 05-Mar-2008 at 08:09. Reason: a word mispelt.

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    Re: the 1900s=?

    There can be two usages.

    One is the name of the first decade of the 20th century - 1900-1909.

    Now that we are into the 21st century, you can refer historically to the 1900s meaning the entire century.

    Context should make it clear which is meant.


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