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Me and Tarah

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British English (BrE)
American English (AmE)
18th of November
November 18
Two-thousand-and-one (year)
Two-thousand-one (year)
Two weeks, 14 days
A week Wednesday
A week from Wednesday
A quarter to five
A quarter of five, a quarter till five,
a quarter to five
A quarter past four
A quarter after four
Half four, four-thirty, half past four
Four-thirty, half past four

This ongoing list was compiled by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share his articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


  1. This still confuses me when I talk to my husband! For some reason I cannot get the way the date is written - it always takes me time to work out when/what it is!

  2. It took me 2 years to instinctively write the date the American way.

  3. For the sake of accuracy, as an American, "a quarter to five" is the most common phrase I've heard. I've heard people say "a quarter of five," although that's uncommon and may actually confuse some Americans, and I've never heard anyone say "a quarter till five."

  4. Also in the UK mm/day is used.. The Sun news paper and others use it. Other example.. On June 23rd vote leave.. and so on.

  5. As a proofreader, I am trying to find out where a comma would be placed when the date is in the middle of the sentence, if any at all. Thank you.


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