Common mistake Missing definite article in the date

Common Mistake: Missing Definite Article in the Date

One common mistake that many people make when writing is forgetting to use the definite article "the" before the word "date" in certain contexts. This error can occur in both spoken and written English, but it is particularly noticeable in written communication.

When to Use the Definite Article

In English, "the" is used to specify a particular noun or to refer to something that has already been mentioned. When it comes to dates, we use the definite article "the" to refer to specific dates, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.


  • I was born on the 24th of November.

However, many people forget to include "the" when referring to a specific date, resulting in an incorrect sentence:

  • I was born on 24th of November. (Incorrect)

Without the definite article, the sentence is grammatically incorrect. The correct sentence should be:

  • I was born on the 24th of November. (Correct)

Other Examples

Here are some more examples of correct usage:

  • We always go to the beach on the Fourth of July.
  • She bought me a present for the Valentine's Day.
  • They celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December.

Remember that when referring to specific dates, it is important to include the definite article "the" before the word "date" to ensure correct grammar.

Linguix grammar checker can help you identify and correct this common mistake, among many others, by providing real-time suggestions and explanations to improve your writing skills.

Missing definite article in the date mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    It happened in 1990s.

    It happened in the 1990s.

  • Incorrect:
    It happened in 1990's.

    It happened in the 1990's.

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