How do you pronounce the years in English?

PhotoGrid_1452340430007The way native speakers read years is a little bit complicated. It can be confusing and ambiguous for non-native speakers, but for a native speaker of English, it comes naturally.

When I say “In the year ten hundred and fifty-four, Pope IX died.” What year did the Pope die if you write the year in number? Got any clue? You haven’t got any clue, have you? Let’s have a look at the examples below:

 

• I moved to Jakarta in twenty-ten.

• I moved to Jakarta in two thousand ten.

⇒ I moved to Jakarta in 2010.

Here’s another way to pronounce 2004:

• I moved to Jakarta in twenty-oh-four.

• I moved to Jakarta in two thousand four.

 

Here are a few rules you need to know when pronouncing the years in English:

If the hundreds’ digit is non-zero, you can read the number as something hundred and something. If the last two digits are zero, leave off the and something part.

 

Examples:

433 ⇒ four hundred and thirty-three

1492 ⇒ fourteen hundred and ninety-two

1200 ⇒ twelve hundred

 

It is also possible to read years as follow:

1054 ⇒ ten fifty-four (also: ten hundred and fifty-four)

3026 ⇒ thirty twenty-six

2007 ⇒ twenty oh seven

 

Now back to my question, When I say “In the year ten hundred and fifty-four, Pope IX died.” What year did the Pope die if you write the year in number?

The answer is: 1054.

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