Proper use of commas often confuses people. One area that is often confusing is proper punctuation for writing dates. Writing the date properly in a sentence takes attention to detail, but it is easy to remember once it has been learned. The month, day, and year format is the standard for this guide and require a specific type of punctuation. All it takes is two commas to properly set the date off from the rest of the sentence.

Place a comma between the day and the year. Example: We celebrated with fireworks on July 4, 2010.

Place a comma after the year if the sentence continues. Example: We celebrated with fireworks on July 4, 2010, when he came home from Iraq.

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Place a comma after the day of the week, if it is known. Example: Today is Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

Do not use commas when only the month and year are mentioned. Example: We celebrated in July 2010 when he came home.

Use an apostrophe to indicate a decade or a year of graduation. Example: She was born in the '90s.

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Lynda Lampert began writing professionally in 2000 with the publishing of her romance novel, "My Lady Elizabeth." Her work has also appeared in the "Pittsburgh Tribune Review." Lampert obtained an associate's degree in nursing from Mercyhurst College Northeast.