Stress on "donate"

Tony Au todeau at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 6 03:03:12 UTC 2009

According to several dictionaries online, the word "donate" can be stressed
on the first or the second syllable, though I've heard it only on the first.
However, I've noticed in a commercial on an Ontario radio station as well as
in a line in Corner Gas (a Canadian sitcom) people stressing the second
syllable of "donate." Does anyone know if this is more prevalent in Canadian
English (or for that matter, how prevalent it is in American English)?

Tony Au

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