Writing date 20 March in English can be done in a variety of ways. Here are some common ways to write the date 20 March in British English.

In British English, which is mainly used in Australia, the day is followed by the month, which is then followed by the year. The 20th day of the month March, in the year 2019, might be written in full (in order of complexity):


20 Mar

20 March 2019

20th March 2019

the 20th of March 2019

the 20th of March, 2019


The last two date formats are more formal. The “the” and “of” are optional but if you do use them, you must add both “the” and “of.” It is incorrect to say only “20th of March” or “the 20th March.”


As for the year, commas are not necessary when you write the date in British English, but you can if you prefer this style.

If you wish to add the name of the day, it should come before the date, and should either be separated by a comma or joined by “the” and “of.”


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wednesday the 20th of March, 2019



How to write the date 20 March in numbers?

If you prefer to abbreviate the date, you can use the following style in British English. Again, the day comes first, then the month, then the year.


20/3/19   or  20.3.19  or  20-3-19

20Mar2019   or  20-Mar-19

The most commonly used separator in the all-numeric date format is a forward slash (/). However, you can also use a hyphen (-) or a period (.).




What is the correct date format (20 March) in English?

How you do this usually depends on whether you write a formal letter or an informal note; or whether your use the British or American date format. As you can see from the examples below, there are a number of ways in which you can write the same date.

A general rule: the more complicated the style of date, the more formal it is.