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La date

October 15, 2012

In French, to ask “What’s the date ?” or “What day is today ?“, you can ask the following questions :

  • Basic question : Quelle est la date d’aujourd’hui ?
    • Answer : Aujourd’hui, c’est le 10 avril.
  • In a more informal way Quel jour nous sommes ? / Quel jour on est ? / Nous sommes le combien ? / On est le combien ?
    • Answer :  Aujourd’hui, nous sommes/on est le 10 avril.

A date is always given in the following order :

le + (day) + number + month + (year)

Ex : Je suis né le 31 janvier 1990. I was born on the 31st January 1990.
Ex : Le vendredi 31 janvier, je fais une fête pour mon anniversaire. Friday, the 31st of January, I am throwing a party for my birthday.
Ex : Le 14 juillet est une date très importante en France. The 14th of July is a very important date in France.

Ordinal numbers are used only for the first day of the month : le 1er (premier) mai ; le 2 (deux) mai.

To ask “At what date… ?” or “Which day… ? ” something happened or is going to happen, you can ask :

  • Quel jour commence les vacances ? Which day start the holidays ?
  • Quel jour est la réunion ? Which day is the meeting ?
  • Quel jour tu es né ? Which day were you born ?

See post : Les jours de la semaine (days of the week)
See post: Les mois de l’année (months of the year)
See post : Time indicators (yesterday, today, tomorrow)

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