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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.

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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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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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