The use of commas with dates.


What is the proper way to use commas in the following sentence?


This amendment is for October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010, as stated in paragraph 4 of the budget detail. 

commas dates asked Apr 15 '12 at 02:05 Marla M New member

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Tolley is right.


I've always found the "extra" commas that bracket the year to be distracting.  To my eye, the confuse the reading of other commas that grammar requires and serve to communicate the sentence structure.


About 30 years ago, I began to use European (or international) style dates -- 14 April 2012 -- exclusively. (Oh yes, I was also working on an international project at the time, with partners in Tokyo and Paris.)  I've stuck with the international date style over the years because commas are not needed.

link comment answered Apr 15 '12 at 03:10 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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