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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 7:40 am Reply with quote
ovoremek
 
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Hi! English is not my native language. And that is probably the reason I ask the following question Smile. I heard these two variants of pronouncing, for example, May 1: "May first" and "May the first". Is it a British-American difference? Or something else?
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To 'the' or not to 'the'...
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 6:43 pm Reply with quote
arioso
 
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Hi!
Most American English speakers tend toward "May first." (On an unrelated note, most American English speakers also tend toward "toward," instead of the British "towards.")

The insertion of "the" does seem more characteristic of our British friends to me, or folks who learned the British-influenced variety English that seems most common in places other than North and Central America.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:35 pm Reply with quote
Eileen Ann
 
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Definitely the English way as in the first of May.

How about this then for today's date:

The 30th day of June in this Year of our Lord Two Thousand and Eight.
hee hee.
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