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Reading years

United States

Reading years
from years 2001 to 2009 we read them as
two thousand (and) one/two.../nine

as for 2010 and 2011 I hear different things from different people

So what is it,
two thousand eleven or twenty eleven?

Or is one of them British, the other American version?

2 Mar 2011      



3 Mar 2011     


I say two thousand eleven.
I am American.
Twenty Eleven sounds strange to me.
I do say sixteen fifty for 1650, eighteen twenty for 1820, and ninteen forty for 1940 and so on.
I would not say ten ten for the year 1010 nor would I say twenty ten for 2010.  So, I feel that perhaps if the digit in the thousands place is a 0 we pronounce the entire number.  If not, we use short hand. For example, I would probably say twenty nine twenty nine for the year 2929.
Just my 2 cents. I hope this helps

3 Mar 2011     


Until 2010 I heard and said: two thousand and one.. up to.......two thousand and nine because 2009 - pronounced twenty nine sounds like 29 - confusion!

But in 2010 I started to hear twenty ten - no confusion and also two thousand and ten equally.
Now I hear twenty eleven more often. It �s the shortest way and I think the most popular- where I live anyway.
I say 1066: Ten sixty-six   1010  Ten Ten
         1900: Nineteen hundred  
         1901 Nineteen hundred and one or nineteen oh one
         1908 Nineteen oh eight
         1910 Nineteen ten
         1919 Nineteen nineteen

3 Mar 2011     

United States

both are correct--I usually say "two-thousand eleven"

3 Mar 2011