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April 14, 2013


Krissia Cantillano Prado

Dear Lynn,

After reading your article, I am aware of the rule. I have always used ordinal numbers when writing about dates.

Now, I will start putting into practice such rule and to tell my students and coworkers about it.

Thank you very much for your information.

Best regards,

Krissia Cantillano

Krissia Cantillano Prado

Dear Lynn,

I've just realized about a mistake in grammar I made.

The correct structure is the following:

Now, I will start putting into practice such rule and telling my students and coworkers about it.

I apologize for the error.


Krissia Cantillano

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hello, Krissia. I am glad this information was helpful to you.

Regarding the sentence you corrected, no apology is necessary! I like the change you made.

For smooth sentence flow, I would probably write it this way:

"Now I will start putting the rule into practice and telling my students and coworkers about it."

Best wishes,



Thank you! I will start using the rule as your advised.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Mee, you are very welcome.



Hi Lynn,
First of all, I would like to thank you for your PERFECT blog. It is so helpful.
I used used to write "We will be sending the XYZ report next Sunday (26th of June)". Is it correct or I should write it as (June 26)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Eman. Your approach is not wrong, but the second way is more common and a bit more concise. Consider this wording:

"We will send the XYZ report next Sunday, June 26."

Thank you for the compliment.



Lynn, I have just connected to your business writing blog and I have immediately started learning things from this very first attempt. Thank you for teaching so many users of this blog, with your wisdom of knowledge.

Thank you. Happy learning.

Best Wishes,

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Srini, thank you for taking the time to comment so positively! I appreciate your kind words.



How can I politely correct my boss when she writes dates like this: 6/11th? It drives me crazy. Please help! I've all but given up on correcting dates otherwise, since it seems everyone, including marketing, advertisement, publishing, has accepted writing dates such as June 11th, 2014 as standard. So disappointing.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Justine, I feel your pain. How frustrating!

Pull up this link on your computer:

Then invite your boss to read the blog post with you. Ask her, "How can we get everyone to render dates correctly?" She may not believe my blog post, but you can present to her ANY reputable style manual or style section of a dictionary. She can't argue with 100 percent of experts.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes.


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