The first three letters of the months and days are often used as the abbreviation.

Months of the Year

1 January (Jan)

2 February (Feb)

3 March (Mar)

4 April (Apr)

5 May (May)

6 June (Jun)

7 July (Jul)

8 August (Aug)

9 September (Sep)

10 October (Oct)

11 November (Nov)

12 December (Dec)

The Days of the Week

Sunday (Sun)

Monday (Mon)

Tuesday (Tue)

Wednesday (Wed)

Thursday (Thu)

Friday (Fri)

Saturday (Sat)

How to write the date

Each country has its own method of recording the date. The month can be spelled out completely or written in abbreviated form. Here are a few examples using November 9th in the year 2017.

US – mm/dd/yyyy – 11/9/2017 or November 9, 2017
UK – dd/mm/yyyy – 9/9/2017 or 9 Nov 2017
Japan – yyyy/mm/dd – 2017/11/9 or 2017 Nov 9


How to include dates in your conversation

Today is Thursday, January 15, 2015.
Tomorrow is Friday the 16th.
Yesterday was the 14th.
Tuesday was January 13th.

I’m moving into my new house on Monday.
My brother will graduate from his university in June.
Mr. Jenkins founded his company in 1972.

My friends and I are going to the movies tomorrow.
I’m going to Tokyo for business the day after tomorrow.
We went to a new restaurant for lunch yesterday, but we didn’t like it.
I met your CEO in a meeting the day before yesterday.
We’ll see each other again in three days.
John gave me an update on his project three days ago.
Melissa started taking dance lessons the week before last.
Henry will start his new position in three weeks.

How to pronounce years

1492 – fourteen ninety-two
1605 – sixteen “oh” five
1985 – nineteen eighty-five
1800 – eighteen hundred
2000 – two thousand
2001 – two thousand one
2005 – two thousand five
2010 – two thousand ten/twenty ten
2016 – two thousand sixteen/twenty sixteen

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