article before date... again

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Oct 4, 2012
Aug 5, 2018 at 4:41pm

French 3, Session 17: the dialogue and the tutorial explain that there is no article in front of date if you are speaking about today's date ("On est jeudi onze février.". Then, in the "Write the phrase you read" the correct answer to "Today’s March twenty-first" is given as "Aujourd’hui, on est le vingt et un mars". Could you please clarify how to reconcile these two examples?

Emilie Poyet
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Barcelona, Catalunya
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Dec 1, 2010
Aug 27, 2018 at 10:33am

Hi freakin.lasers, the explanation given in the tutorial about the omission of the article when telling today's date only applies to complete dates, including the day's name:
Aujourd'hui on est jeudi/mardi/dimanche X août
It's an exception though, in most other cases you do need to use an article, (especially before a number, keep in mind that in any circumstance before a number you need to use the article) :
La réunion est LE jeudi/mardi/vendredi X septembre
On est LE 27 août
Finalement nous partons LE 10. pas LE 11
Hope it clears things up for you!

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