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Dates in Letters

This is a very serious issue.

Suppose you are writing a letter in August, say, on Aug 15, about an admission on 10th of the same month. Many of you write like, “She was admitted on 10th August.” Is it correct?

  1. He was admitted on the 10th?
  2. He was admitted on the 10th of this month?
  3. He was admitted on the 10th of August?

Suppose you have an exam on 22nd of this month. So, someone is asking you, “Hey, when are you sitting the OET exam?” If today is 20th of the same month, what’s your reply?

  1. On this 22nd
  2. On the 22nd of this month
  3. On the 22nd of August
  4. On the 22nd of August, 2020
  5. Day after tomorrow?

Correct expressions for the questions above are:

  1. He was admitted on the 10th or He was admitted on the 10th of this month.
  2. On the 22nd of this month or Day after tomorrow.

NB: As per a new guideline, you can write the full date (day, month, year) in the second paragraph.

This is the best explanation for the question I raised above. Attention! When you commit such errors, the assessor gets a negative impression about you!

Case for the questions below:

Events Dates
Ms. Paula Anderson, DOB 19/05/1954
Today’s date 02/02/2018
Appendectomy 2003
Pneumonia April, 2015
Visit to GP, 2- 3 bleeding from rectum; rectal exam 28/12/2017
Referred for colonoscopy 11/01/2018
Colonoscopy – large bowel mucosa taken 14/01/2018
CT & Local staging of primary tumor with MRI 8/01/2018
Review of histology – colonoscopy report; Diagnosis – Colon cancer 01/02/2018

Proceed to the Quiz!

  1. When did Ms Anderson visit GP?
    1. Ms Anderson visited her GP on 28 December, 2007.
    2. Ms Anderson visited her GP on 28 December.
    3. Ms Anderson visited her GP on the 28th.
  2. When did Ms Anderson develop pneumonia?
  3. When did Mrs Anderson get her diagnosis for colon cancer confirmed?

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