Expressing Dates for beginners

Telling the date is one of the most common subjects in our daily life. In this lesson, we will learn how to express the date of something.

Expressing Dates in English Language

How Do We Express Dates?

Expressing dates refers to writing the month, day, and year to indicate a specific day on the calendar.

How to Ask About Dates?

When we want to ask about the date, we can use the following questions. The answers to these questions start with “It is…”.

What day is it? It is December 24th.

What month is it? It is August.

What year is it? It’s 2023.

Ordinal Numbers

In order to say the dates, we use ordinal numbers. Look at the list below to learn some of them:

  • 1 → First
  • 2 → Second
  • 3 → Third
  • 4 → Fourth
  • 5 → Fifth

Names of the Days

Now, let us learn about the days. A week has 7 days. Look below:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Names of Months

Now, let us learn the months: A month has 4 weeks and 29 to 31 days. A year has 12 months. Take a look at the list below:

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How to Write the Dates

Now, when we want to say the date, we must start with the first number which is the day. Then, we move on to the month, and then the year:

5/9/2025 → the fifth of November

1/3/1998 → the first of March

3/12/2007 → the third of December


When we want to talk about dates, we have to use different prepositions. We use 'in' when talking about the year and the month*, and 'on' when talking about the day. Look:

I'm going to Italy in June.

I may visit her on Sunday.

They were in France in 1998.


Note that the names of days and months are proper nouns and their first letter is always in uppercase.


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