Writing date 21 April in English can be done in a variety of ways. Here are some common ways to write the date 21 April 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 21st day of the month April, in the year 2019, might be written in full (in order of complexity):


21 Apr

21 April 2019

21st April 2019

the 21st of April 2019

the 21st of April, 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 “21st of April” or “the 21st April.”


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.”


Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sunday the 21st of April, 2019



How to write the date 21 April 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.


21/4/19   or  21.4.19  or  21-4-19

21Apr2019   or  21-Apr-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 (21 April) 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.