Take a look at the way to express dates in French:

le 24 janvier 2012

24th January, 2012

le 3 mars 2013

3rd March, 2013

Here's the general structure:

**le** **+ number + month + year**

### "**Le**"

Don't forget the definite article **le** **before** the date.

Note that dates are always** masculine**, so it's never **la**.

ATTENTION:

You say **le** onze and NOT **l'**onze :

**le** 11 juillet

**le** onze juillet

11th of July

### Number

The main difference between dates in English and in French is the **numbers** we use:

English dates use ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th...) while French dates require **cardinal numbers** (**un (1), deux (2), trois (3), quatre (4)...)**** **and** NOT**** deuxième (2e), troisième (3e), quatrième (4e)...**

EXCEPTION:

For** **the** 1st day **of the month **ONLY**, we do use the ordinal number **le premier (1er)** = the first (1st)*.*

**le** **1er** **a**vril 1997

1st of April 1997

### Month

In French, **months** don't take a capital letter :

**j**anvier |
**m**ai |
**s**eptembre |

**f**évrier |
**j**uin |
**o**ctobre |

**m**ars |
**j**uillet |
**n**ovembre |

**a**vril |
**a**oût |
**d**écembre |

### Year

In French, there are** two ways** to read **years from before 2000**:

- as a **full number**, reading the thousands + hundreds + tens + units

e.g 1465

1615 (**mille six cent quinze**)

1615 (sixteen fifteen -> literally "one thousand six hundred fifteen")

1776 (**mille sept cent soixante-seize**)

1776 (seventeen seventy-six -> literally "one thousand seven hundred seventy-six")

984 (**neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre**)

984 (nine *hundred* eighty-four)

1900 (**mille neuf cents**)

1900 (nineteen hundred -> literally "one thousand nine hundred")

- **by splitting** **it at the "hundreds"** (similarly to English), reading the hundreds + tens + units

e.g 1465

1615 (**seize cent quinze**)

1615 (sixteen *hundred* fifteen)

1776 (**dix-sept cent soixante-seize**)

1776 (seventeen *hundred* seventy-six)

984 (**neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre**)

984 (nine *hundred* eighty-four)

1900 (**dix-neuf cents**)

1900 (nineteen hundred)

**Note** that in French, you **always** need the word **cent** in this case.

You cannot say : **dix-sept vingt** (1720)

As for the **years post 2000**'s,

There is only **one** way to read them, and that is** as a full number**:

2003 (**deux mille trois**)

2003

2013 (**deux mille treize**)

2013 (twenty thriteen -> literally "two thousand thirteen")

le 3 mars 2013

3rd March, 2013

2013 (**deux mille treize**)

2013 (twenty thriteen -> literally "two thousand thirteen")

2003 (**deux mille trois**)

2003

1776 (**mille sept cent soixante-seize**)

1776 (seventeen seventy-six -> literally "one thousand seven hundred seventy-six")

**le** 11 juillet

**le** onze juillet

11th of July

**le** **10** **s**eptembre 2009

10th of September 2009

1900 (**dix-neuf cents**)

1900 (nineteen hundred)

984 (**neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre**)

984 (nine *hundred* eighty-four)

Halloween est **le** 31 **o**ctobre.

Halloween is October 31st.

1776 (**dix-sept cent soixante-seize**)

1776 (seventeen *hundred* seventy-six)

**le** **13** **j**uin

13th of June

1900 (**mille neuf cents**)

1900 (nineteen hundred -> literally "one thousand nine hundred")

le 24 janvier 2012

24th January, 2012

1615 (**seize cent quinze**)

1615 (sixteen *hundred* fifteen)

**le** **7** **f**évrier 2012

7th of February 2012

1615 (**mille six cent quinze**)

1615 (sixteen fifteen -> literally "one thousand six hundred fifteen")

#### exception with 1st

**le** **1er** **a**vril 1997

1st of April 1997