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Day vs 24h day?

In Russian (my native language) there are two words - "день" and "сутки". First means day, just a day, probably lightest part of it, second - 24 hours from 00:00 to 00:00. There is a strict difference ...
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How do I start a sentence with a date?

I want to say: August 22, 2012, the day my life changed forever and the day I met you. My only problem is that I don't know how to start a sentence with a date. If someone could help me with this ...
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Since..of - used when the month name is absent

In Russian it is very common to speak about days of the current month without mentioning the name of the month. In English, as far as I remember, it is necessary to include the month. He was absent ...
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Can we read 31 July as 'thirty one July'?

Investigations continue into the break-in at Gringotts on 31 July . . . (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) [audio] The first reader (Stephen Fry) ...
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Should one put the definite article before a date?

In the following examples, should the definite article "the" be present? This article will discuss all journal articles on the subject written between [the] 3rd December 2010 and [the] 20 January ...
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Does “till Monday” include Monday?

My boss told me on Wednesday, "Please don't come to work til Monday." So when does this means I have to go back to work? On Monday or Tuesday?
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How should I say the date expression written 'on 27 July'?

How should I say the date written 'on 27 July' correctly? I was taught that such date can be read only as 'on the 27-th of July'. So my question is whether it's omitted only in written form and we ...
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What is the correct way to compare two dates and say which is recent?

I have two dates like this: first date = 01 January 2014 second date = 01 January 2013 I want to tell that the first date is always "greater" than the second date. I am sure that "greater" ...
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The April 12 or (zero article) April 12

A quote from an English mini-lesson at a Russian social network: In 2011 the April 12 was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in dedication of the first manned space flight ...
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“Our meeting tomorrow Tuesday” versus “Our meeting tomorrow (Tuesday)”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: How about we postpone our meeting tomorrow Tuesday? How about we postpone our meeting tomorrow (Tuesday)? I would also be interested in ...
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Which tense to use for a specific date

When a specific date is used as subject or object (instead of time adverbial), should I use present tense, or tense based on the date, or tense based on other context? For example, Today is 4/...
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When to use “the” before a date

When to use "the" before a date? I came across the following sentence: It dates back to the 6th century BC. When I looked up when to use the before dates, I read an example sentence from ...
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Can I say “in the Morning, last Sunday”

When I say like this: I met him last Sunday morning. Can I say alternatively: I met him on last Sunday morning or on the morning of last Sunday or in the morning, last Sunday?
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Meaning of “January of next year” in December

If it is December 2017 and someone says “January of next year” are they still referring to January 2018 or January 2019? e.g.: On December, my boss stated: You will be receiving a raise on January of ...
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The usage of preposition “on”

In my grammar book, I have these example statements. We were married July 21, 2000, in New York. We were married on July 21 in New York. Is it a rule not to use "on" when the year is included to ...
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Winter 2015 = winter 2014-2015 or winter 2015-2016?

Does winter 2015 designate winter 2014-2015 or winter 2015-2016? Or is it ambiguous? Example 1: Example 2: http://huwisu.de/courses/winter/ : HUWISU Winter Courses 2017 Example 3: https://en....
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Why did Yahoo write “by the end of 2016 January”, instead of “by the end of January 2016”

I was trying to do something with Coletto Calendar, but it just did not let me continue to use it. Some time later, I received a notification from Yahoo: To our valued customers...some reasons why ...
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Time and date limitation

Today I've seen following sentence: Note: You must redeem your free Psychonauts key by 10AM Pacific on Saturday, September 30th, 2017! When I read it at first I thought that it should be done ...
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You can play it for free for 2/3 more days - Usage of ''for xx more days''?

A game is free from Monday until Wednesday, meaning the game will no longer be for free after midnight on Wednesday (Wednesday 23:59). It is around afternoon Monday and my friend asks me for how many ...
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How to specify that “all dates” are included in a mentioned period of time?

When I'd like to specify dates to do some task, how can I express that the last date should be included in the provided period? For example: From 5th to 7th March Meaning March 5th, March 6th and ...
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Adjective to describe that a date is now in the past

I'm trying to formulate to a website user that he can't modify a date anymore because this date is now in the past. So for I'm at "You can't modify a campaign start date after it's exceeded" (...
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Dates: 09/04/2018 Vs. 9/4/2018

Which of the following way of writing date is more common or recommended for using in British English in official and formal documents, and why? 09/04/2018 Vs. 9/4/2018 Or they are both the ...
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What does “by” mean if we are talking about a date?

... Must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. (GMT) on April 12, 2016. What does "by" mean in this context? Does that mean "before"? So the deadline is on April 12 at 11.59 p.m. GMT? And 11:59 p.m. = 23:59 (...
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Answer to “What day are you leaving?”

If someone asks "What day are you leaving?", would it be grammatically correct to answer with "On the 8th April." for example? Or does it have to be "On Monday."?
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There are 70's, 80's and 90's, how do you describe the years from 2000 (00's)?

We sometimes describe the years between 1970-1979 as "seventies" (written as 70's), 1980-1989 as "eighties" (written as 80's) and so on. What is the equivalence in describing 2000-2009, 2010-2019 and ...
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When to use 'by' instead of 'at' or 'on' to specify time/date?

We use "by" to specify time or date, as in I have to go by 9 am. We can also use "at" here. When to use "by" / "on" / "at"? When "by" should be preferred over "before" or "till"?
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What does the month “MA” stand for?

I have a box of chocolates that has a best before date of: "2015 MA 12". What does "MA" stand for? May? Or March? Which one?
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Is it “on” or “in” for events

I am sorry for being dumb, but English is not my first language! Which one is correct to say "on" or "in" in the following sentence I came to the US as a landed immigrant on July 23rd 2013 or I came ...
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Can we use “later” instead of “from now”?

It is Jan and you will fly to Japan in March. In American English, you say: "I will fly to Japan 2 months from now". Can you instead say "I will fly to Japan 2 months later"? Is there any other ...
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How to read “during the 1870's”?

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 ...
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In the early 2015 vs in early 2015

I came across a web site for touring. They said in the web page that "... was held in early 2015, and in Fall 2014". I am so confused by the sentence above, because our teachers used to teach us "in ...
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How do you say “July 29, 1958” in American English? Is it “July twenty ninth, nineteen fifty eight” or “July the twenty ninth, nineteen fifty eight”?

Same question for this date: October 1, 1958 Is it "october first, nineteen fifty eight" or "october the first, nineteen fifty eight"? Do we say "the" between the month and the day number?
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Date format - Should I use st, nd, th?

Which one is better to use? "Today is June 30, 2017" or "Today is June 30th, 2017" What about in sentences without a year? "... something will happen on June 13" or ". .. something will happen on ...
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How do we say 56789 year and other dates? [closed]

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 ...
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How to say date relative to an event in the past from present perspective?

I know that tomorrow is the day after that or the next day and last night is the night before and so on. However, I am not sure about some other dates such as next Monday, this week and specifically 4 ...
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By X year - What does it mean?

"We will have it by 2018 year" - does it mean before 2018 year or somewhere in this year?
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Regarding the presence of a comma after a date

I have read about this rule: "When the date appears in the middle of a sentence, commas should appear both before and after the year. However, I have met cases like "1905, issue"; "1938, and"; "1958, ...
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For / from / of January 15, 1892?

I am not sure about the words written in bold. What are the correct versions? The letter from / of August 23, 1885 did not bring anything new. The issue / number for / from / of January 15, 1892 of ...
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During the elections.. “on June 20 in 2016”?

How can I correctly use a precise date to complete this sentence? "During the elections on June 20 in 2016, the GB decided, ..."
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What date format does an American prefer while writing a letter to a British? OR Vice versa

I know that the US English uses mm/dd/yyyy and the Queen's English prefers dd/mm/yyyy (and so InE). Now imagine Mike from New York City is writing a letter to Joe in London. And the letter is ...
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On this day vs This day

Is there any difference between: On this Thursday my sister will come to visit us... This Thursday my sister will come to visit us... I feel like #2 is "more" correct, but I'm not sure.
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When/what is the expiration date?

When/What is the expiration date? I've always said "when" but I'm not really sure which one is correct. Are both of them correct? Which one is correct and why?
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the definite article before numbers

The May 1, 2013, edition of the Ames Sentinel arrived in June. The Ames Sentinel—dated May 1, 2013—arrived in June. Could you explain to me the presence of the definite article in the first ...
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“crimes against humanity during the 1992-95 war”

The amnesia about the continent’s capacity for slaughter will be broken in The Hague on Thursday, where judgment will be passed on Radovan Karadžić for charges of genocide and crimes against humanity ...
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“December the third” vs “December third”

My birthday party is on the third of December. My birthday party is on _____ _____ _____. I encountered this question in a quiz. It requires me to rephrase the first sentence without changing ...
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Writing dates in texts

I'm learning to communicate in English for a while, but I still have just a basic idea of how its vocabulary and grammar work. When writing I've ended up facing a doubt in the following sentence: (.....
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Is “on January first” is also correct?

If I want to express the date: 1/1/17 can I say "on January first"? For example: I'm going to meet him on January first. I know that I can say also: "the first of January", but my question is ...
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writing dates in British English

I read somewhere that the day precedes the month in British English, as in "John arrived on 5 December." But is it ok to write "on December 5" in British English? I seem to have seen the Independent ...
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How to express properly “you cannot set this date field with a date that is 30 or more days in the past”?

I need to place a validation message on a application which refers to the fact that a Hire Date cannot be set to a date that is older than 30 days, counting backwards from today. For example if today ...
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Interpretation of dates in a sentence

I have just had a conversation and both parties were certain that the understanding and interpretation they got was correct. I was therefore wondering if somebody could confirm a general ...