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Written out in a sentence

When writing out the date in a sentence, do not add superscript (10th March, March 10th).

10 March 2012 is pronounced '(the) tenth of March 2012'.


Do not write 'the nineties', 'the sixties', 'the seventies', etc. The Sixties is just permissable with a capital S as it is such an iconic decade, but the others should be written as 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, etc. Note that there is no genitival apostrophe, i.e. 1990s and not 1990's.


It is confusing to refer to the 20th century as 'in the last century/in the previous century'. When referring to centuries in the past, use 'in the nineteenth/19th century', etc., or  'in the twentieth/20th century' to avoid any possible confusion.

Last modified:15 September 2017 9.00 p.m.