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

le 24 janvier 201224th 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 juillet11th 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 19971st 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 thirteen -> literally "two thousand thirteen")

1776 (**mille sept cent soixante-seize**)1776 (seventeen seventy-six -> literally "one thousand seven hundred seventy-six") **le** 11 juillet

**le** onze juillet11th of July**le** **10** **s**eptembre 200910th of September 20091900 (**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) 1900 (**mille neuf cents**)1900 (nineteen hundred -> literally "one thousand nine hundred") 2013 (**deux mille treize**)2013 (twenty thirteen -> literally "two thousand thirteen") le 24 janvier 201224th January, 2012 1615 (**seize cent quinze**)1615 (sixteen *hundred* fifteen) **le** **7** **f**évrier 20127th of February 20121615 (**mille six cent quinze**)1615 (sixteen fifteen -> literally "one thousand six hundred fifteen") le 3 mars 2013 3rd March, 2013 2003 (**deux mille trois**)2003 #### exception with 1st

**le** **1er** **a**vril 19971st of April 1997