Tutor Nick P Lesson (38) When to Use the ‘st’, ‘rd’, ‘nd’, and ‘th’ with Dates

Tutor Nick P Lesson (38) When to Use the ‘st’, ‘rd’, ‘nd’, and ‘th’ with Dates


Hi this is Tutor Nick and this is lesson
38. Today we’re going to look at when to use the st , nd , or the th with the
dates. Yeah this is one that I come across a lot where I see it used incorrectly a lot . And it
sometimes even confuses students with English as a second language of how to how
to pronounce it sometimes. I even see native speakers make a mistake in the
writing some. I’ve even seen them in the same article sometimes write it correct
once and then write it wrong another time. So let me just let’s just go over
it quickly. Okay here’s the first note if you write a date use the name of the
month do not write the st ,nd, rd or th. The tricky part for
many students is that these dates are still pronounced as ordinal numbers. Remember ordinal numbers that’s
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th. The other one is cardinal numbers which
is 1 2 3. Okay so dates are always pronounced as ordinal numbers Okay so
let’s uh let’s take a, let’s look at the example here. This is pronounced
March 10. You notice that we do not write th here. You still have to
pronounce it as tenth March 10. April 3 June 2 etc. Yes it is not March ten
it is March tenth. Okay good. Let’s look at the next note. It is incorrect to write
this day as March 10th with the th there. If the month is written here. The th is
not written there. Yeah so again it’s it’s not optional. You write the month
you don’t have the th or whatever it is whether it’s the rd or st . Okay let’s read
the next part. We do use the st, nd, rd or th if the name of the month is not used.
So here we have to give some examples where we definitely do use it . All right
example number one. The rent is due on the first of the month. Yeah you you
actually need it here it’s necessary. if you don’t write in here, it gets
confusing. it’s, the rent is due on the one of the month. The st lets you know
that it’s a date. So that’s why it is absolutely necessary here. Okay let’s
look at example two. We get paid on the fifteenth of the month. Again this way it
lets you know it’s a date. If you didn’t have a th it would be we get paid on the fifteen of the month. That doesn’t make any
sense. All right and just so you know how we
might use some other ordinal numbers with sd , nd , rd. We also use ordinal numbers
to indicate someone’s ranking or place. Let’s look at the first example. That
Olympian came in third place and won a bronze medal. Yeah again here if you
didn’t have the rd here it would be confusing. That Olympian came in
three place that would not make sense. And the second example. He is only the
second person to ever swim across that river. All right again so just very quickly to
review. One of the things to make sure is that if the name of the month is written
do not write the st, nd , rd or th. With months these dates are always pronounced
as ordinal numbers you know March 10 April 3 and when do we use it. We use
it when the month is not written there. Just like you know the rent is due on
the 1st of the month Okay well I hope that clarifies it. I do
come across this problem often. Thank you very much for your time . Bye

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