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How to ask the date of birth? and how to answer related questions? As an English learner, I always confuse something in details, such as: 1. How to ask the date of birth? 2. Does the date of birth mean the birthday? 3. How to answer related questions? Would you like to help me with those three questions?
Feb 4, 2017 5:37 AM
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1) What's your date of birth? When were you born? 2) Yes - once you know someone's date of birth, you know their birthday. But knowing someone's birthday doesn't mean you know their date of birth. Why? -What's your date of birth? 15. February, 1985 - When is your birthday? 15. February. These two are close, but not really interchangeable concepts. You ask for a date of birth and birthday in very different scenarios: - date of birth - usually formal settings, like opening a bank account, getting an insurance - birthday - among friends, family 3). As above I hope this helps Jo.
February 4, 2017
Yes, this is a bit confusing, because English speakers are a little unclear. 1. Depends whether you want the year included. Strictly speaking, a date of birth includes the year, but you might not actually *need* to know their age, so asking for their *full* date of birth might be more information than you need and more information than they're comfortable giving. So it depends. If you *do* want the year then "What is your date of birth?" is the question, and they'll tell you the date including the year (if they're comfortable doing so). If you don't need the year, then just ask "when's your birthday" and they'll just give you the month and day-of-the-month. 2. No. But this is where English speakers get vague. I say "no" because when native English speakers say "birthday" they do not mean "the year/month/day on which you were born", they mean "any anniversary of the date of your birth." If you are filling in an official form, then you are NOT asked for your "birthday"; you are asked for your "date of birth". A date of birth is year/month/day. A birthday is the anniversary of your birth, so by definition it does not include a year. When a friend wants to know when they need to give you a gift, they will not ask for your "date of birth"; they will ask "when is your birthday?", in other words "what date each year marks the anniversary of the day you were born." They only want month/day. So, you, see why I answered "no" to this question. "Does the date of birth mean the birthday?". No, it does not. :) 3. I'm unsure what kind of related questions you mean. If you mean the questions we've been talking about, then those are not "related" questions, those are "those questions" or "And how would I answer these same questions?" Hopefully I've shown that.
February 4, 2017
If you are speaking casually.... I will keep it simple, looks like Jo did a great job answering. 1. How to ask the date of birth? (if asked casually as example given below, response will typically only be the year) Ask: When were you born? Example Answer: 1979 2. Does the date of birth mean the birthday? (if asked casually as example given below, response will typically only include month/date) Ask: "When is your Birthday?" Example Answer: "July 6"
February 4, 2017
1. If you need it for professional reasons: "What's your date of birth?" "Can I have your date of birth, please?" In casual speech: "When's your birthday?" However, unless I'm already talking about birthdays, I wouldn't ask it. It's a slightly personal question. 2. "Date of birth" includes the year. "Birthday" might include the year, but it doesn't need to. 3. US: "February 3rd" Or "November 12th, 1929." Or "I was born on July 4th." or "My birthday is on May 21st." If your birthday is on a holiday, you can say "I was born on Christmas Day." (or whatever day it was).
February 4, 2017
This is one of those cases where being absolutely correct is "a tall order". There's an idiom for you! Most native English speakers will "play fast and loose" (there's another!) with these terms, as you can see in the answers here, so it really doesn't matter much whether you get them 100% correct. You will almost certainly be understood, and if not then it might lead to a fun conversation in any case. :)
February 4, 2017
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