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Write the Right Word: It’s A Date!

The correct way to write a date is to use a number without the “st,” “nd,” “rd” or “th” after the number. For instance, you’d say June 27, May 1 or July 4.

If you include a year, separate the day and year with a comma. For example: June 27, 2014. Also use a comma after the year if it is not at the end of a sentence. For example: "We knew that March 10, 2011, was not the correct date."

In addition, use commas to separate the date from the specific day of the week. For instance: “The workshop will be held on Friday, July 11, and again on Friday, July 18.”

Never abbreviate March, April, May, June or July. Do abbreviate the other months if used with a date. Otherwise, spell them out. The proper abbreviations are: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. Here are some examples: Jan. 10, Sept. 29, 1919, April 20.

If you do not include a date, do not separate the month and year with a comma: February 1999.

Ellen Crawford, information specialist, (701) 231-5391

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