A Quick Quiz on Dates

Lately, I’ve noticed several advertisers making fundamental copy mistakes in the expression of dates. Automobile dealers, especially, seem prone to error. Here’s a short test. See if you can differentiate the correct and incorrect forms in the following examples.

  1. The book sale begins on January 27th.
  2. The sale ends on February 1.
  3. Holiday business hours extend from Tuesday, the 9th of December, through Wednesday, the 24th.
  4. Attendance during March, 2011, hit an all-time high.
  5. The June 1999 issue of The Atlantic is missing from the stacks.
  6. I read about the heist of historical documents in the December 1, 2014, issue of The New Yorker.
  7. The Reston Rose Society will hold its annual meeting during the week of May 16–22.
  8. Wildfires of suspicious origin increased dramatically from 2004–2006.
  9. I wonder if anyone living today was alive during the 1800’s.
  10. I can’t think of the ’60s without thinking of the Beatles.

1. Incorrect (January 27)   2. Correct   3. Correct.  4. Incorrect (no commas needed)  5. Correct   6. Correct   7. Correct   8. Incorrect (from 2004 to 2006)  9. Incorrect (1800s)  10. Correct

What do you think?