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Writing - How to Write Today's Date
Learn how to write the date in Spanish!

Writing - How to Write Today's Date

In the Spanish Easy Review quiz series you learned how to say the days of the week and the months of the year. You also learned how to count. You needed to learn how to do each of these things before you could say and/or write out dates of the year. Therefore, this Spanish Medium Review quiz will give you the chance to learn how to write today’s date in Spanish.

In English if we are trying to say that it is the 5th day of June in the year 1998 we would say/write: June 5, 1998. The month comes first followed by the number of the day which is followed by the year. In Spanish, however, it is stated as the 5th of June of 1998 or: 5 de junio de 1998.

Again, notice that the month is not capitalized. In addition de is used to show possession. That is, the 5th belongs to June and the 5th of June belongs to the year 1998. It really is simple. In fact, in most foreign countries the date is written out as: day/month/year. In Spanish, however, you MUST use the de to show the possession.

Now for the quiz. You will be given ten dates written out in various ways stated in English. Your task is to locate the correct Spanish way of stating that date. Don’t forget spelling!

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1.
The United States independence occurred on July 4, 1776.
Julio 4, 1776
4 de julio de 1776
4 Julio 1776
4 de julio 1776
The first answer shows the improper order for the date in Spanish. In addition, the month is not capitalized. This means that both the first and third answer can be eliminated. The last answer is missing a possession, i.e., the possession of the 4th of July to the year. The second answer shows the full, correct Spanish date!
2.
Her baby was born on August 16, 2014.
16 de agosto de 2014
16 agosto de 2014
16 agosto 2014 de
16 de Agosto de 2014
The month is not capitalized. The last answer shows it capitalized so it is not correct. The second answer is missing a possession between 12 and agosto and the third answer has completely misused the possession. The first answer, on the other hand, does shows the full, correct Spanish date!
3.
Columbus reportedly discovered America on October 12, 1492.
12 Octubre 1492
12 octubre 1492
12 de octubre de 1492
12 de octubre 1492
The first and second answers have completely omitted showing the possession and the first answer has wrongly capitalized the month. Therefore, they can be eliminated. The last answer is missing the possession between octubre and 1492. The third answer does show the full, correct Spanish date!
4.
Jamestown was founded by the British on May 14, 1607.
14 mayo de 1609
1607 May 14
1607 de may de 14
14 de mayo de 1607
The first answer is missing the possession between 14 and mayo. In addition, it lists the wrong date. The second answer is completely wrong all the way around. It also doesn’t use the Spanish word for May. The third answer also show the improper format and May has not been translated correctly. The last answer does show the correct format and spelling and is the full, correct Spanish date!
5.
On January 28, 1986 the space shuttle Challenger exploded right after take-off, killing all onboard.
28 de junio de 1986
28 de febrero de 1986
28 de enero de 1986
28 de noviembre 1986
Each answer here is showing the correct format of the date. However, the month is January. January in Spanish is ereno.
6.
On September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack as airplanes brought down the twin towers in New York City.
11 de sepiembre de 2001
11 de septiembre de 2001
11 de septeimbre de 2001
11 de setembre 2001
Each answer here shows the correct format of the date. However, to find the correct answer you need to know how to spell September in Spanish. September in Spanish is septiembre.
7.
Although the first celebration of Halloween is not known, All Hallows’ Eve was recorded as far back as October 31, 1556.
31 de octubre de 1556
31 de octobre de 1556
31 de octobre 1556
31 de octubre 1556
The third and last answers are missing the possession before 1556. In addition, the second and third answers have misspelled the Spanish month for October. October in Spanish is octubre. The first answer shows the full, correct Spanish date!
8.
My sister will be getting married on March 22, 2015.
22 marzo de 2015
22 de mayo de 2015
22 de abril de 2015
22 de marzo de 2015
The first answer is missing the possession between 22 and March. The second and third answers, although the date is formatted correctly, each show the wrong month. The last answer shows the full, correct Spanish date!
9.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on June 2, 1953.
2 de junio de 1952
3 de junio de 1953
2 de junio de 1953
3 de junio de 1952
Each answer here shows the correct format. However, you need to pay close attention to the date itself. The first answer shows the wrong year. The second answer shows the wrong day and the last answer shows the wrong day and wrong year. Only the last answer shows the full, correct Spanish date.
10.
My father was born on April 10, 1937.
10 de abrile de 1937
10 de abril de 1937
10 de abríl de 1937
10 de ábril de 1937
Each answer is formatted correctly. In order to find the correct answer you need to know how to spell April in Spanish. April in Spanish is abril. There are no accent marks. The second answer shows the correct spelling and full, correct Spanish date!
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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