How do you write the day of the week and date in an email?

Please note: This original post has been updated and replaced by a new version of Writing Dates and Times.Rule: The following examples apply when using dates:The meeting is schedul

How do you write the day of the week and date in an email?

Please note: This original post has been updated and replaced by a new version of Writing Dates and Times.

Rule: The following examples apply when using dates:

The meeting is scheduled for June 30.
The meeting is scheduled for the 30th of June.
We have had tricks played on us on April 1.
The 1st of April puts some people on edge. (Some prefer to write it out: The first of April)

Rule: There are differing policies for expressing decades using numerals. Some write the 1980s and the 80s, others write the 1980s and the 80s. However, using two apostrophes (the 80s) is awkward and is not recommended.

Correct:
During the 80s, the worlds economy grew.
During the 1980s, the worlds economy grew.
During the 1980s, the worlds economy grew.

Not Advised:
During the 80s, the worlds economy grew.

Rule: Some writers spell out the time of day, others prefer numbers.

Example: She gets up at four thirty before the baby wakes up.
Example: The baby wakes up at 5 oclock in the morning.

Rule: Some use numerals with the time of day when exact times are being emphasized.

Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22 a.m.
Example: Please arrive by 12:30 p.m. sharp.

Rule: It is clearer to usenoonandmidnightrather than12:00 p.m. or 12:00 a.m.

Note: You may use AM and PM, A.M. and P.M., am and pm, or a.m. and p.m.
Some put a space after the numeral, others do not.

Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22 a.m.
Example: Her flight leaves at 6:22am.
Example: Please arrive by 12:30 P.M. sharp.

Pop Quiz: Correct or Incorrect?

1. The last outbreak of smallpox occurred in the late seventys.
2. Can you get here by 12:00 midnight?
3. Please deliver the package by August 1st.

Pop Quiz Answers:

1. The last outbreak of smallpox occurred in the late seventies.
2. Can you get here by midnight? (leave out 12:00)
3. Please deliver the package by August 1. (OR by the first of August OR by the 1st of August)

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