The worldwide standard advises putting the date in the following format: YYYY-MM-DD. As a result, if both the Australian and the American employed this, they would both write the date as 1999-12-31.
In English-speaking countries where the year can be divided into four digits (00 to 99), people often write the date as two digits followed by a space and then three numbers indicating the day of the month (1-31). This is also done for the months January, February, and March when writing in words alone. For example, 1 Febryary is written as 2002-02-01.
In other languages that use characters instead of letters for numbering years, such as Chinese or Japanese, it is normal to write the date in character form. For example, in Chinese, the date 2000-06-19 would be written as "" (the 19th day of the 6th month of the 2000 year).
In addition to the standard format, there are many variations used by writers to express specific information about the date. One common variation is to add a word of the time such as "am" or "pm" to indicate whether it is morning or evening. Another variation is to include the time within the date itself. For example, 9 am is commonly written as 0900 and 5 pm as 1730.
For example, 2007-10-19.
In American English, the day of the week is usually written first, then the day of the month, which is usually a numeric value from 1 to 31 but can be larger or smaller depending on the month (see table below for exact values). So, Monday, September 10, 2007 would be written as "2007-09-10".
In British English, the day of the week is usually written last, then the day of the month.
Note that if you want to write the date in short form, like "September 10", you can't use periods as delimiters because they are used for thousands, millions, and billions.
Instead, use spaces: "September 10".
Also note that when writing dates in long form, the day must always be written with a lowercase d; the correct spelling is "day". However, when writing dates in short form, either way around is acceptable - "day 10" or "10 day".
Finally, don't forget the year!
Dates in British English are commonly written in the order day-month-year, but dates in American English are written month-day-year. There is no right or wrong way to write a date; each writer decides how they want to display it.
English dates are written using the alphabet. Each letter of the alphabet is associated with a date: A for January, B for February, C for March, D for April, E for May, F for June, G for July, H for August, I for September, J for October, K for November, L for December.
So, dates can be written as "January 2, 2015" or "February 28, 2014" or "March 31, 2029" or any other combination of letters and numbers that happens to match up with what you want to say.
The first date written was around 400 AD. It was on an amulet found in a gold box in the River Severn near Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
This amulet contains an inscription in Latin saying "Salve Regina", which means "Hail Holy Queen". It is believed that it was made for someone named Saliba, who died in November 1701.
The United States is one of the few countries that employs the date format "mm-dd-yyyy," which is quite unusual! Most countries write the day first and the year last (dd-mm-yyyy), however some, such as Iran, Korea, and China, write the year first and the day last (yyyy-mm-dd).
In American textbooks, students are often asked to write dates in this format. You should be able to find easy ways to do this on the internet for your own use.
Dates are important for keeping track of time over long periods of time or across multiple events. The more information you can include about when and where something happened, the better your understanding will be later if you need to refer back to it. This is especially true if you're trying to understand how and why things happen.
Knowing how to write dates in American style will help you communicate with others who may not be familiar with this method. They will be able to read what you wrote even if they cannot speak English as easily as you and I.
In addition, it's helpful if you can give specific dates because they allow others to compare what you wrote then with what is happening now. For example, if you were writing about a historical event that happened a long time ago, knowing the exact date would help others connect the story you told then with other stories they know about now.