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Dates (British English)

Something I’ve always thought should be changed, because it causes mass confusion, is the different date formats in British and US English. If an American speaker writes 7/8/2014 they mean the 8th of July 2014, but if a Brit writes exactly the same date 7/8/2014 they are writing the 7th of August 2014. So, remember, day/month/year for UK English and the reverse for US English! More than that, the format of date writing varies: in the US it’s common to hear ‘on April 3rd’ but British English is generally happier to retain traditional forms and extra (slightly unnecessary) articles, so prefers ‘the 3rd of April’ or, to keep things shorter, ‘on April the 3rd’. Try writing the dates in different formats to practise these styles!

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