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How do I start a sentence with a date?

Just add a was or is after the date. Practically speaking, it doesn't really matter which one you use. Either one will work equally fine: August 22nd, 2012 was the day my life changed forever and ...
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Day vs 24h day?

Yes, the word "day" can mean the entire 24-hour period. But it can also mean just the part where the Sun is above the horizon. It can also mean the part of the day during which work and other "daytime"...
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Since..of - used when the month name is absent

There is nothing wrong with using the day by itself: He has been absent since the 4th. Of course, one would hope that context or prior knowledge within the conversation would ensure the listener ...
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How do I start a sentence with a date?

You could start the sentence with the preposition on On August 22, 2012, my life changed forever when I met you for the first time.
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Day vs 24h day?

The question succinctly could be expressed like this: How does one say сутки in English? That's really what the original poster is asking as this is one of the most common questions asked by Russian ...
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Day vs 24h day?

Yes, there is a word meaning "24 consecutive hours". It's nychthemeron. Not an everyday word, and few people would know it, but still it exists!
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Day vs 24h day?

It sounds like день translates best to "daytime", while сутки translates to "day". In many cases English speakers will use "day" for either, unless we want to distinguish the part when the sun is up ...
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How do I start a sentence with a date?

Like @Bilkokuya, I too find the current wording is essentially best, I would just change the punctuation slightly (and remove a word). I would switch the firstsecond comma for a colon, and change the ...
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Day vs 24h day?

It is true that "day" can have multiple shades of meaning, depending on context. If you need to disambiguate: A calendar day is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. Daytime or daylight hours ...
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"Our meeting tomorrow Tuesday" versus "Our meeting tomorrow (Tuesday)"

There are times when it is useful to say both the relative day (tomorrow) and and absolute day (Tuesday), and this is usually in an email situation when it not determinable when the email will be read....
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Is "on January first" is also correct?

Month names do not take the definite article except when you're concerned to distinguish a particular month from other months of the same name (e.g., the January when we had such warm weather--was ...
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What does "by" mean if we are talking about a date?

Even to native English speakers, "by" is ambiguously either inclusive, or not inclusive of the date/time being mentioned. For example, if you say "have it on my desk by Friday", some English speakers ...
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Is it "on" or "in" for events

Don't think you're being 'dumb'. Many advanced English learners still make this mistake. 'On' is used for days. Any word with 'day' in it needs 'on'. on Tuesday, on my birthday, on holiday, etc. ...
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Is there a reason that some wikipedia pages use "BC" while others use "BCE"?

Short answer: BC and BCE refer to the same periods. As Wikipedia pages are written by different authors, the exact usage of such details will vary. In most cases, the difference is meaningless. Longer ...
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When to use 'by' instead of 'at' or 'on' to specify time/date?

by not later than; at or before: on use on to designate days and dates at use at to designate specific times. So, I have to go by 9 am means the latest you can stay is 9 am. You have ...
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What is the significance of this date wording?

By convention, 12:00am on a date is the midnight at the start of the date, not the end of it; the "am" indicates that it goes with the subsequent minutes (e.g. 12:01 am) and not the previous ...
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What does "by" mean if we are talking about a date?

By a date means before but including that date. If you do not want to include that date, then use before instead. So "By Feb. 2" means before Feb 3. If you do not want to include Feb. 2, ...
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How to read "during the 1870's"?

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 ...
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How do I start a sentence with a date?

As others have said, leave the words and change the punctuation. August 22, 2012—­the day my life changed forever, the day I met you. But if you need a true sentence (requiring a verb) rather than ...
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Writing dates in texts

I would spell out the month. In the US the preferred style is October 14, 1995. We say "fourteenth" but omit the "th" in writing the number in dates. However, if I write the day of the month by itself,...
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"First business day of first week in each month"?

You're asking for a very specific date calculation. First business day of the first whole week of the month is the best you can do, I think. You haven't specified week boundaries, however. If ...
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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"?

A native speaker would understand: Hire Date must be within the last thirty days. But if you have an international audience comprised of speakers with varying degrees of English competence, a more ...
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Date format - Should I use st, nd, th?

Normally, we leave off those appendages when it comes to written dates. However, there are some times where they will creep up. When these annotations are used, the date format typically changes, ...
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Interpretation of dates in a sentence

Your P2 sentence is the problem one, not P3. That question should probably read: Was it just released? or perhaps Did they just release it? If someone responds with In October, it cannot be ...
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How to say that I start doing something from this year/season

Your first sentence is nearly correct. All you need to do is drop the from. The word starting already implies from. I used to watch movies alone but starting this winter I plan to attend a cinema ...
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Writing an out of office message: correct use of numerical dates, specifying a return date

Let me just mention a few details that haven't been yet: Using "through" implies that the dates mentioned are included in the range. "I will be out through Friday" means you are ...
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Saying the years after 2000. Cambridge says you can say 2003(twenty-oh-three), but native speaker tells to say it (two-thousand-and-three) until 2010

There is such a difference because there is no single 'official' or 'correct' way to pronounce years in words. For example 1903 can be spoken as 'nineteen three', 'nineteen oh three', 'nineteen ...
Michael Harvey's user avatar
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When to use 'by' instead of 'at' or 'on' to specify time/date?

Use by when some action or event needs to be completed before a specific date or time, but it is possible that it could happen earlier. I must leave for the airport by 9:00 AM tomorrow (...
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When to use 'by' instead of 'at' or 'on' to specify time/date?

"By 9 am" means any time before 9 am. "At 9 am" means at 9 am specifically. We don't use "on" with time of day, but we do use it with days: "On Monday" means sometime during Monday. "By Monday" ...
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