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I read we could say years differently:

1475 - fourteen hundred and seventy five

1475 - fourteen seventy five

Will it be a mistake if I say:

1475 - fourteen hundred seventy five

Then it was hard with 2019, for instance:

2019 - two thousand nineteen

2019 - two thousand and nineteen

2019 - twenty nineteen

2019 - twenty and nineteen

But what to do if we have 56789 year.(5 numbers)

56789 - fifty six thousand seven hundred eighty nine

56789 - fifty six thousand AND seven hundred eighty nine

56789 - fifty six thousand seven hundred AND eighty nine

56789 - fifty six thousand AND seven hundred AND eighty nine

56789 - 567 hundred AND eighty nine

56789 - 567 hundred eighty nine

Or how will it be...?

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  • Fantasy writers have tackled this idea: warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Imperial_Dating_System Maybe asking on Science Fiction & Fantasy would lead to more productive answers. – ColleenV Feb 27 at 15:08
  • If you wanted to affect a more poetic or archaic style you could use nineteen and two thousand for two thousand nineteen. Twenty and nineteen, however, is thirty-nine. – choster Feb 27 at 15:16
  • I might be wrong, but I believe on some car commercials that speak 5 digit prices, I've heard the format XX Y ZZ, e.g. "Fifty-six seven eighty-nine." – LawrenceC Feb 27 at 15:31
  • 56,789 is a year far in the future, but it is a year. It’s a year we may well have reason to reference today. The OP gives us reason to reference it, right here and now, and in contemporary language. Neither the eventuality nor the language is remote. – Gary Botnovcan Feb 27 at 16:04
  • I think it's unfair to close this question for being about hypothetical English, but it is fair to close it as primarily based on personal opinion. There is no "standard" format for dates in the far future, so everyone will have an individual preference. – Andrew Feb 27 at 17:26
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Most common is

twenty nineteen

Less common is

two thousand nineteen

Least common is

two thousand and nineteen

But all are idiomatic and will be understood.

twenty and nineteen

is not idiomatic and will not be understood.

As for what English will be like in another 8000 years, your guess is as good as mine.

  • So, you don't know how to say 56789 year, either? For all other information - thank you! – Michael Azarenko Feb 27 at 14:38
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We can ignore the fact that this number represents a year and examine the common short and long forms for reading this number aloud.

56,789
fifty-six thousand seven hundred eighty-nine
fifty-six seven eighty-nine

This is a bit different than the way we commonly read a four-digit number aloud.

1995
one thousand nine hundred ninety-five
nineteen ninety-five

There is a somewhat less common reading for that number (but a reading often used for years) which helps explain the short form.

nineteen hundred and ninety-five

Numbers with zeros often use “oh” (or “o”) to disambiguate.

1906 — nineteen oh six
50789 — five-oh seven eighty-nine
56089 — fifty-six oh eighty-nine
56709 — fifty-six seven oh-nine

This need for disambiguation should be obvious:

1906 — ninteen six — 19.6?
50789 — fifty seven eighty-nine — 5789?
56089 — fifty-six eighty-nine — 5689?
56709 — fifty-six seven nine — 5679?

Back in 1906, nineteen aught-six was a more likely reading than nineteen oh-six. Given the right context, aught-six and oh-six can easily stand on their own. We might assume that, given the right context, 56789 could simply be read as eighty-nine or seven eight-nine.

  • But what if we don't have zeros? 56789 How would you write it then? – Michael Azarenko Feb 27 at 16:07
  • I answered that in the first block quote. In a context where 2019 is twenty nineteen, 56789 can be fifty-six seven eighty-nine. – Gary Botnovcan Feb 27 at 16:14
  • I think Zager and Evans had it right - when speaking of years in the future, we often say "the year" followed by a number, especially for the far future.. In the year 6565 ("sixty-five sixty-five")...In the year 7510 (seventy-five ten") ... In the year 8510 (eighty-five ten"). These are four-figure years, split into pairs. For the original question, I would say "the year fifty-six thousand, seven hundred and eighty-nine" or "the year five six seven eight nine". – Michael Harvey Feb 27 at 19:00

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