Years, Decades, and Centuries Exercise (28)
Each of the following sentences includes incorrect usage in reference to a year, a decade, or a century, according to The Chicago Manual of Style and most writing handbooks; revise the sentences as necessary:
Answers and Explanations
Original: 2013 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the event.
Correct : In 2013, the organization marked the fiftieth anniversary of the event.
Recast a sentence to avoid beginning with a year (or any numeral). Do not start with "the year," because omission of this superfluous phrase should be consistent in such usage throughout a piece of content.
Original: In retrospect, 1989’s projections seem overly optimistic.
Correct : In retrospect, projections from 1989 seem overly optimistic.
Avoid structuring a sentence so that something "belongs" to a year.
Original: The style flourished throughout the 1980’s.
Correct : The style flourished throughout the 1980s.
Do not use an apostrophe before the s in a reference to a decade.
Original: It had fallen out of favor by the 90’s.
Correct : It had fallen out of favor by the ’90s.
Precede a two-digit abbreviation of a decade (or a single year) with an apostrophe.
Original: The dynasty lasted from the 6th to the 9th Century.
Correct : The dynasty lasted from the sixth to the ninth century.
Spell out numbered centuries (and lowercase the word century).