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Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel Demons is a piece that observes Russian ideals during the 1870's.

Maybe a trivial question but I am not sure how to express in a spoken word the date in the form as is above. Is it [the eighteen seventies] or is it necessary to say [the seventies of the nineteenth century]?

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The correct reading for "the 1870's" is "the eighteen seventies" even though it describes a time in the nineteenth century. I have never heard that time period referred to as "the seventies of the nineteenth century".

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  • Yes. Above edited to reflect this.
    – Davo
    Nov 17, 2017 at 17:27
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The former, actually You pronounce it as the eighteen seventies, not the seventies of the nineteenth century

So other examples would be: - 1630's - sixteen thirties - 1820's - eighteen twenties - 1960's - nineteen sixties

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