How Do You Pronounce 2011

Read more on the correct way to pronounce 2011!

Mignon Fogarty
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How Do You Pronounce 2011?

People have asked, "When you pronounce the name of a year, do you need the 'and'?"

Either way is correct, but Britons tend to use "and" and Americans tend to omit it:

    * Two thousand eleven (American)
    * Two thousand and eleven (British)

Last year people argued about how to pronounce 2010, and I expect the controversy to continue in 2011. One linguist thinks the difficulty of pronouncing "and eleven" will drive people to say "twenty eleven." Read my thoughts on formatting the name of a year.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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