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Vocabulary lesson: 20s, 50s, 90s…the decades

When we are talking about decades (10 years) and what happened in them (fashion, lifestyle, politics, etc) we refer to them as the 30s, 60s, 80s…

You will notice that we leave out the first part of the date – (19)20s, (19)70s.

“My parents grew up in the 50s when it was still safe for children to play in the street.”

“The music from the 80s is the best!”

However, we do not YET do this for decades in 2000…there has only been one decade anyway!

I expect we will once we get into the 2030s, when the 1900s are a long way back in memory ;)

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