How to write dates in British English?

There are several different ways to write Calendar dates in English. It often depends on formal or informal writing, personal style and whether you are writing British or American English. Whatever the format, in British English, dates are usually written in the order day – month – year , while in American English they are written month – day – year.

Writing Dates in British English

How to write a date depends on how formal you wish the document to be and how much space you have. There are two rules that you should always follow:

  1. Write the date in the correct format for that style.
  2. Be consistent.


Once the order is clear, when and how should the date be written in full? There are a lot of options with different levels of complexity. The more complicated, the more formal.

  • 13 April
  • 13 April 2014
  • 13th April 2013
  • the 13th of April 2014 (the and of go always together)
  • the 13th of April,2014, (the and of go always together)

Note: 13th of April or the 13th April (incorrect!)

What happens if you want to add the day? It should be separated by comma or joined by the and of.

  • Sunday, 13 April 2014
  • Sunday the 13th of April, 2014

Note: Sunday 13 April 2014 or Sunday, the 13th of April, 2014 (incorrect!)


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