They vary from formal to informal, and there are differences between British and American English. The following table shows some typical formats. Note: Which format to use is a question of formality, politeness, and personal choice. Generally, the longer formats, such as B or C, are more polite (since they show more respect for the reader). Short formats, such as A or B, can be used by itself when you want to give only the date without any further information.
British English has no term for month/day/year order; thus, "January 2, 2015" and "February 5, 2014" could mean anything from the first day of January to the fifth day of February. However, in most cases, "January 2, 2015" would be understood to mean the second day of January 2015 while "February 5, 2014" would be understood to mean the fifth day of February 2014.
In contrast, "February 5, 2014" could also mean the second day of February 2014, so it is ambiguous as to whether it refers to the first of February 2014 or the actual February 5th. Thus, British English requires either the month/day/year order or the week/year order for unambiguous dating.
American English does have a term for month/day/year order, so "January 2, 2015" would be interpreted as a request for the second day of January 2015.
Dates in British English are normally written in the order day-month-year, but dates in American English are written month-day-year. There are also several variations of this standard format, such as Tuesday, July 4, 1776.
In general, dates in English are written by taking the first letter of the month and adding it to the last two digits of the year. For example, January is written as "01", February is written as "02", and so on. Years greater than 100 are often written in words instead of numbers: 14th century, 21st century.
Years between 00 and 10,000 are usually written with numbers instead of words: 093, 973, 1993, 1997.
At the end of a date, the word "date" is often used instead of "day": August 24th, 1864; December 31st, 2015.
The term "dateline" is used for the line at the bottom of an article that reads "July 4, 1776," or some other explicit date. Most newspapers print the dateline near the top of the page, before the first article, and then put all subsequent articles after that dateline.
Regardless of format, the greeting is left justified. Put it two lines below the address of the recipient (or date, for informal letters). It is followed by a colon in formal and semi-formal writing. ... Salutation
|Formal letters||Dear Ms Smith: or Dear Ms. Doe:|
|Informal letters||Dear Jane,|
Making a Date
|format||British: day-month-year||American: month-day-year|
|C||14 March 2016||March 14, 2016|
Here is the typical format for a Letter to the Editor, complete with the appropriate spaces. Address of the Sender: The address of the person sending the letter addressed to the Editor is included in this paragraph. Name: Put the name of the person or company sending the letter here. Address: Include your address and phone number here. Email: You can include your email address on this line. Website: If you have a website, include its URL (Uniform Resource Locator) here.
Standard text: Write an original article on specicfic topics within the scope of Reader's Digest magazine. It must be not longer than 1,500 words. Do not use any language in your text that would make it unsuitable for children under 16 years old.
Title: Give your letter a title that indicates the topic you want to discuss. This title should be written in capital letters and should not contain any vulgar words or phrases.
Email: If you sent your letter by email, include your email address here.
Phone number: If you want to contact us with questions about your letter, include your phone number here.
How long do I have to send in my letter? You have until the next issue of Reader's Digest comes out to send in your letter.
There are two methods for writing a date: using solely numbers or using a combination of words and numbers. In addition, there are two conventions for writing dates: American English and British English. The month always comes before the day in American English. In British English, the day comes before the month.
So, there are two methods of writing a date: one number alone or a combination of numbers and letters. There are also two conventions for writing dates: American English and British English. The month is given first in American English; in British English, the month is given last.
Here are some examples of how to write dates: 17 February 1965, 7 July 1955, 2 April 1805, 22 June 1870. Each date can be written in at least two different ways.
The first method uses only numbers to write the date. This is known as numeric dating. The most common way to write the date today is by using the format dd MMM yyyy. So, the above dates would be written as 17 Feb 65, 7 Jul 55, 2 Apr 1805, and 22 Jun 70. Numeric dating was originally used instead of words for counting down from a huge number (such as a year count-down) because it was easier to calculate with numbers rather than trying to spell out the year.