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11 / 01 / 2006

PRONUNCIATION: YEARS (2): meaning and examples

Good morning, Yesterday we learned two abbreviations to refer to historical times: B.C. and A.D. Today we will learn how to pronounce the years in English. Pronunciation: hundreds We have two possible pronunciations for years in the hundreds (100-999). (1) We can pronounce the year as we would normally pronounce a number in the hundreds. Example 1 323 B.C. --> three hundred and twenty-three B.C. 100 B.C. --> one hundred B.C. 512 A.D. --> five hundred and twelve A.D. 709 A.D. --> seven hundred and nine A.D. (2) We can divide the number into two parts: we say the 'hundred' as one number and the remaining numbers as a different number.* Example 2: 323 B.C. --> three twenty-three B.C. 512 A.D. --> five twelve A.D. 709 A.D. --> seven 'oh' nine A.D. *Notice that we do not do this with the date 100 B.C.. Tomorrow we will continue with the topic of how to pronounce years in English, and we will finally answer Mònica's question about the year 2006. Remember that you can also use the Daily Vitamin Plus! search engine to review the pronunciation of general dates in English (see the Daily Vitamin 11/12/2003). Also remember to post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please send us an email to Have a good day!