When the date is part of a phrase, always write it in full in professional writing. This generally entails providing the day of the month, the month, and the year: The meeting will be held on April 21, 2019. Take note that the year comes after a comma.
If the date is not part of a phrase, only write the month and day: April 21st, or April 21.
In any case, always put dates in quotation marks when referring to them as words in an essay or other document.
Many people are perplexed about how to write dates with commas, so here's a general rule: in the month-day-year format (as used in the United States), insert commas after the day and year. Thus, December 31, 2007 becomes December, 31, 2007.
In a formal business letter, for example, you'd put out the complete date, including the month. In British English, the date might be written as September 6th, 2019. You might use September 6, 2019 in American English. Other ways of writing the date include: sixteenth day of September, nineteen ninety-nine; and 1999-09-16.
If you're writing to someone who is not familiar with your language or culture, it's best to write in plain English and leave out unnecessary details that may not be obvious to your recipient. For example, if you were writing to someone from the United States, you wouldn't need to write that it was the sixteenth of September because they would know what month it is and how many days there are in each month.
However, if you have a foreign friend or family member, it's important to give them enough information so that they can understand what is going on. They may not know that it is the sixteenth of September or that it is some other day instead. Even if they are used to a different way of writing dates, it is still important to get them the right day by using the full date rather than just the month or year alone.
In conclusion, when writing a formal business letter, it's important to use the correct date.
The worldwide standard advises putting the date in the following format: YYYY-MM-DD. For example, 2007-10-19.
In American English, the month is written as a number from 1 to 12, except for January and February, which have names instead. The day of the week is usually not included because it can be inferred from the month and year.
In British English, the date is written as two words, with no space between them. (For some reason, this is not done in American English.) So, 7 October 2007 would be written as "October 07" or "October 7th".
The month is usually a number from 1 to 12, but there are some exceptions: March uses the word "March" instead; November uses the word "November"; and February uses the word "February". There are also a few other months that do not follow this pattern, such as April and September.
Days are represented by numbers from 1 to 7, excluding weekends and holidays. These are called "dowries": the first day of the week is Sunday, so Monday is the second day of the week, and so forth.
A comma is used to separate the day from the month and the date from the year when writing a date. The 4th of July, 1776, was a watershed moment in American history. On Sunday, May 12, 1968, I was born. You don't require a comma if you're writing the date in day-month-year format. I read this book on the 9th of September, 2003.
So, if both the Australian and the American utilized this, the date would be 2019-02-03. By putting the year first, this method of writing the date eliminates misunderstanding. If you write the date differently, it can lead to confusion.
In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, it is common practice to write the month as number followed by a word for that number. So, for example, you would write March for every month except February which would be written as Mar-02 or Feb-03 depending on whether it was a leap year or not.
In the United States, the usual way to write the month is with the abbreviation of the name of the month. So, January would be written as Jan-19-19 to be consistent with other years.
In addition, there are several different formats used for writing the day. The most common one is to write it without any separators between the number and the year. So, 1234 would mean December 31st 2004. But this is incorrect! It should be 2003-12-31 instead. Years divisible by 100 need to be written with a hyphen instead of a space: -1973, -1993, -2033, and so on.
If you are sending a formal letter in the body of an email, you do not need to include the date because it will be included automatically. In this scenario, you do not need to give any addresses. Just make sure that your email client is set up to display emails in HTML format.
If you are sending an informal note or memo, you should always include the date on which you wrote it. This shows people the level of importance you are giving to their responses.
You can include the date at the end of the letter after your signature. However, it is also acceptable to include it with other information from your address book so it does not become a separate piece of paper that gets filed away.
You should try to write letters with the date only on official business. If someone complains, you can say that this was a mistake that you are sorry for. But otherwise, you do not want to put yourself through the hassle!