Regarding specific dates in fiction


Is there a consensus regarding the format of dates used in writting? For example:


"On the evening of June 1st a computer technician isolated a programming error that caused the port side ballast pumps to run continuously. "


Word incates the "1st " is incorrect, yet a later sentence does not point out a similar date:


"June 2nd, shortly after sunrise, the MS Zenobia made port at Larnaca, Cyprus. "


But in the very next sentence it points it out again:


"Late in the evening of June 4th she was ordered to be towed from the harbor..."


In the next sentence it is ignored again:


"June 5th began long before sunrise"


Should the two that are marked wrong be change to June THE 1st, and June THE 4th, respectively?? It sounds odd and looks inconsistent that way (to me).

dates asked Apr 02 '12 at 21:09 Tony Proano Expert

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I would add that using ordinals for days in written dates is more common in British English.  In American English we use the cardinal forms for days in written dates.  In both dialects, we *read* them as ordinal forms (most of the time).

link comment answered Apr 18 '12 at 19:31 Merle Tenney New member

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