Months, days of the week & ordinal numbers

Find out how to ask for, or tell someone, the date.

The English months are similar to French, but they have different pronounciation. 

The days of the week look like this :

You can hear how to pronounce these words in our video course ‘Months and days of the week’.

Ordinal numbers

As you can see, after ‘third’ the numbers finish with ‘nth’ : ‘3rd, 4th, 5th…’

In formal writing (business, job applications, etc), it is better to write the ordinal number in full words : ‘second’ instead of ‘2nd’. But it is still accepted to write them in numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in informal writing.

To ask someone what the date is, you must say…

What is today’s date? / What’s the date today?

It’s Monday, the tenth of February

If you are writing the date, you can write the number form.

It’s Monday, 10th February

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