Writing Dates

German Grammar Tip

Writing dates can differ from language to language and change with each context. Though it is taught from day one in class when you write the date on your page, often other ways of expressing dates are neglected. In German, it is of course the grammatical cases that one has to watch out for when writing these dates:

Writing the Date in a Letter

Stadt/city, den (acc.) 16.5.11
Bonn, den 16.5.11

Read as: Bonn, den sechszehnten fünften zweitausendelf.


Dates in Other Writing Contexts

  1. Stating the day of the week along with date:

    Am Samstag, dem 5. Juni, wurde er geboren.
    Samstag, den 5. Juni.
  2. Not stating the day of the week:

    Sie ist am 25. Juni geboren
    Heute haben wir den 25. Juni. (fünfundzwanzigsten)
    Heute ist der 25. Juni (fünfundzwanzigster)
  3. Stating from one date to another without indicating day of the week:

    Vom 16. Mai bis zum 20. Mai.
  4. Stating from one date to another while indicating day of the week:

    Von Montag, dem 16. Mai, bis Freitag, dem 20. Mai.
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