Years in English – How Do We Say ‘Em?
Did you know that there’s more than one way to pronounce years in English? There’s two in fact! Firstly, we can split the 4 digit year into 2 numbers: 1975 becomes 19 and 75. We then pronounce the two separate numbers: “nineteen (19) seventy-five (75)”. Secondly, we can read out the whole 4 digit number: 2004 is read out as “two thousand (2004) and four (4)”.
The rules for years in English
We can’t use both forms for any old year. Nope. We have rules for the years in English. In today’s video, we look into those rules. Pay attention, it can be a little confusing! A summary is below for those of you who prefer to read.
The first decade of a new millennium
For the first 9 years of a new millennium (1000 years), we must say the whole number: 2004 is two thousand and four.
The last 89 years of the first century
For example, in this millennium we are in the first century. The years from 2010 to 2099 can be pronounced in both the ways outlined at the top of this post.
The remaining 9 centuries of the millennium
From 2100 to 2999 we must use the two-separate-number-style: 2056 is pronounced twenty (20) fifty-six (56).
So there you go! How to say the years in English. I hope it’s clear.
If you watched to the end of the video you’ll have seen my challenge to you! Using the word form of years (i.e. two thousand and four = 2004) how would we say the following three years?
Let me know the answers in the comments below!
Have a great weekend, guys!