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#1 of 5 Old 01-06-2007, 03:13 AM - Thread Starter
 
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DH is writing a holiday letter. He wants to write "April, 2005" and I told him there is NO COMMA . . .it should be "April 2005."

Who is right?

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#2 of 5 Old 01-06-2007, 03:23 AM
 
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no comma
the comma follows the date and you didn't have one
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No comma

Commas with Dates

When a date is made up of two or more parts, use a comma to separate the parts when the parts both are words or both are numbers. A second comma follows the last item unless it is at the end of a list or sentence.


Incorrect: We will meet Friday July 15.
(Word Friday followed by another word, July--comma needed)
Correct: We will meet Friday, July 15.

Incorrect: October 31, 1517 is one of the most significant dates in history.
(The comma between the two numbers is OK, but a second comma is needed after the last item, 1517.)

Correct: October 31, 1517, is one of the most significant dates in history.

Incorrect: October, 1517, was a major month in history.
(No commas needed because word October is followed by a number, 1517.)

Correct: October 1517 was a major month in history.

If the parts of the date are connected by a preposition, no comma is needed.


Incorrect: On a Sunday, in December 1941, the U.S. found itself in World War II.
(No comma needed since the preposition in is there.)
Correct: On a Sunday in December 1941, the U.S. found itself in World War II.
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You're definitely right!

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Thank ya, mamas!!!

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