During this period, people suffer from many changes and go through many different stages:
Start primary school
Pass your exams
Start secondary school
Fall in love
Ask out for dates
Go to university
Get a degree
Get a job
Rent or buy a house
Get married / Get divorced
Bring up your children
Celebrate an anniversary
Connected to this list of events, we can easily find dates and years. Have a look at the explanation on how to divide and say dates.
Dates are usually split up in tens. For example:
- 1852 = 18 and 52 = eighteen fifty-two.
When the second part of the number is from 00 to 09 we say:
- 1800 = eighteen hundred.
- 1807 = eighteen hundred (and) seven // eighteen oh-seven.
From 2000 until 2009 the year is (usually) NOT split up (although from 2010 on, the year is generally split up again). For example:
- 2000 = two thousand.
- 2002 = two thousand (and) two.
- 2010 = two thousand (and) ten // twenty ten.
When writing dates, they are usually organised as follows:
2nd February, 2011 = the second of February twenty eleven.
RULE: day + month + year (in American English, we usually say month + day + year).
Remember the use of preposition with dates:
ON + DAYS, DATES → on Monday (morning), on the 21st of July.
IN + YEARS, MONTHS → in 1990, in September.
AT + TIMES → at 9 am.