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De vs. Del. Help?

When stating the date, example: Monday July 19, 2018 would it be "lunes 19 de julio de 2018" or "lunes 19 de julio del 2018" Also, is there a commo after lunes?

3 months ago

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My Spanish teachers have always told me to use 'del' when referring to the year in a date. I'm pretty sure it's because when you use "del 2018" is means "of the year 2018" while "de 2018" just means "of year 2018". I think it's just a language thing, but they've always told me that that was the correct way to do it, and I've had multiple years of Spanish with different teachers.

3 months ago

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"De" is more formal, "del" is more colloquial, but not wrong. The weird part is "del" makes more sense, because the whole sentence would be "del [año] 2018". There is no a comma between "lunes" and "19" when you write a date, but it could be a comma if you are speaking.

3 months ago