Years, dates and time in English exercises

Important issues that will help you correctly read and better understand dates and time.

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To say a year in English, we usually divide it into two halves. For example, 1998 is read as nineteen ninety-eight. There are various ways to write a date. It is important to remember that the month comes first in American English in comparison to the British version: mm/dd/yyyy vs. dd/mm/yyyy. When we say dates we should use the ordinal number and put the preposition on before the date, if necessary. The time in the 12-hour system is indicated using a.m. (before noon) and p.m. (after noon). In spoken language we can use the words past, to, or half past. The exercises on this page will help you practise dates and time reading and comprehension.