How to express dates in French is a must in daily life situations. Thanks to this article and a bit of practice, you should be able to :
If you are studying French for professionals or would like to better communicate in shops, mastering dates and times is mandatory.
Today we will cover the following chapters :
Note : we don’t use capital letter for days of the week
To simply express the day of the week, you can use ‘on est’, ‘nous sommes’ or ‘c’est’.
We have ‘le’ when it’s a regular action (attention, no ‘s’)
Note : again, we don’t use capital letter for month of the year
We read each number from left to right :
Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt deux = 1982
Mille + neuf cent + quatre-vingt + deux = 1000 + 900 + 80 + 2
Note : cent and vingt will have an extra ‘s’ when there’s no other number after
However, in front of “thousand” (millier), “million” (million), “billion” (milliard), which are names and not numeral adjectives, the “s” remains:
Ex : Un budget de quatre-vingts millions d’euros = a budget of €90 millions
We read Day + Month + Year DD/MM/YY
(le) Jour – Mois – Année
We will write it 9/10/1982 (day/month/year) whereas in English you will use 10/9/1982 (month/day/year)
Do you have any questions about this chapter ? Feel free to send me a quick email at bonjour(at)frenchwithagnes.com. I always take the time to answer !
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