Punctuating Days, Dates, and Times Exercise (436)

Insert commas where required for correct punctuation in references to days, dates, and times; one or more sentences may be correct as is.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: I found the article in the July 2011 issue of the magazine.
Correct : I found the article in the July 2011 issue of the magazine.

This sentence is punctuated correctly; a comma is required between a date and a year but not between a month and a year.

2.
Original: He signed up for the workshop scheduled for Monday February 5 and received registration confirmation the next day.
Correct : He signed up for the workshop scheduled for Monday, February 5, and received registration confirmation the next day.

"February 5," as nonessential information, should be set off by a pair of commas.

3.
Original: The class will be held on Saturday December 7 9 a.m.–noon.
Correct : The class will be held on Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m.–noon.

"December 7," as nonessential information, should be set off by a pair of commas. However, if it were omitted, a comma after the day would still be necessary. (But "Saturday from 9 to noon" is correct without punctuation.)

4.
Original: She was born on Wednesday June 15 at 10:05 a.m.
Correct : She was born on Wednesday, June 15, at 10:05 a.m.

"June 15," as nonessential information, should be set off by a pair of commas.

5.
Original: We postponed the meeting to November 25 at 4 p.m.
Correct : We postponed the meeting to November 25 at 4 p.m.

This sentence is punctuated correctly.

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