This question is about the stylistic differences between certain expressions in American English.

When one has to say a date out loud, there are 4 possibilities in US English.

  1. "Month + ordinal", e.g., "April tenth"
  2. "Month + cardinal", e.g., "April ten"
  3. "Month + the + ordinal", e.g., "April the tenth"
  4. "The+ cardinal + month + ordinal", e.g., "the tenth of April"

I think that the most common in everyday usage is the first one, followed by the second (however, I think the second method is not used with small number, like in "March one" or "October two"; can anyone confirm it?). I believe that the first format is perfectly fine for all occasions, while the second might be a little informal. What about the last two? Are they commonly used in the US? Do they sound more formal?


There are all of these variants exist. But the form "April the tenth" is the most common, as for me. "April tenth" - people say so, but I hear it rarely. "The tenth of April" - a formal variant. "April ten" - I'd say that it's not commonly used.

  • Hello, and welcome to the ELU. On this site, more thorough answers are encouraged. See tour. It would be good to provide references for the information your are giving.
    – fev
    Jul 29 at 20:44
  • Hello, and thank you. It's just examples from my everyday life that I can share. I mostly use American English for work, so I decided to answer here.
    – Irene
    Jul 29 at 20:59
  • I would say 1 and 4 are commonly heard, while 3 is rare and 2 is almost never used. Ngram tends to support this. Though 2 is probably more common in written English. Jul 30 at 2:50
  • I am hearing 2 more often these days on radio and TV (in Australia).
    – Peter
    Jul 30 at 9:34

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