Which of the following is/are the right way(s) to express a certain year in a sentence? I would be really appreciated if the explanations can be provide at the same time.

1.) ... in 2013

2.) ... in the year of 2013

3.) ... in the year 2013

Or any better choice?

Any help is appreciated.


'In 2013' is perfectly sufficient. All the other examples just add unnecessary 'fluff'.

  • In context, that fluff may serve well though. If I write that of the 1995 samples taken in 1991, 1993 were tested positive, were-as in in a retest in 1993, 1991 were positive, but sample 1994 had disappeared , supposedly in 1992, and in 1995 some contamination had been found, some readers might get a bit confused if I do not explicitly mention which numbers are years... Was that last 1995 a year or a sample? – oerkelens Jul 22 '14 at 11:15
  • As no context was provided, I didn't see fit to add it myself. But your point is taken. – user8543 Jul 22 '14 at 11:22
  • @oerkelens in very rare cases a four-digit number other than the year will follow in – Maulik V Jul 22 '14 at 11:32
  • @MaulikV and yet I came up with one in seconds :) But even without the in, four digit number in commonly used year-ranges can be confusing. The same goes for years that are out of our comfortzone: In 82, grandpa was considered important may not immediately be picked up as a headline to a story about a recently discovered Roman letter - many would just see an error. In this case the "fluff" In 82 A.D. would clarify a lot. The same goes for Zager and Evans' in the year 2525 – oerkelens Jul 22 '14 at 11:37
  • @oerkelens I would certainly not write it that way. If I'm talking about the sample, either I'd use in 100th if I refer to the 100th sample. Or the better would be in sample 100 which denotes that the sample is named 100 and not necessarily the 100th one. And as I said, use a four-digit number with in and it'll talk about the year in most of the contexts. :) I'm too young to think about 82 A.D. though haha! – Maulik V Jul 22 '14 at 11:47

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