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Written Date Formats Around the World

Various global regions abbreviate dates differently, which can be very confusing when writing to global business colleagues or customers. 

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For example, this statement is confusing:

Third quarter production reports are due from all global regions by 2/10/16.

Does 2/10/16 mean:

  • February 10, 2016?
  • October 2, 2016?

What is the best way to express date formats for a global audience?

There are no firm business grammar rules, but there are logical options. This video will explain: 

Katie Almeida Spencer

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Katie Almeida Spencer

Katie is an experienced Business Writing and English as a Second Language instructor, business writing coach, and teacher trainer. She taught Business and Academic Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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