The following words with the -ate ending can be either nouns/adjectives (with “it” sound) or verbs (with “ate” sound). The stress does not change. The only change is the pronunciation of the -ate ending.
|Nouns/Adj.’s – ATE = IT||Verbs – ATE = ATE|
|* These words are adjectives. All other words are nouns|
Also, corporate and incorporate fit this rule. Corporate is often shortened to a 2-syllable form, cor-prit. And incorporate has the A sound in the –ate ending.
Words with the -ate ending that are only nouns, adjectives or verbs (and do not have two forms) follow this rule.
Verbs with -ate: negotiate, underestimate, facilitate, emulate
Adjective with -ate: ultimate, indiscriminate
Note: If the ending -tion is added, then there is a Long A sound as in plane. Examples are moderation, separation and association.
Stopped T and -ATE Words with Stress on the 1st Syllable
|Stopped T Words||Stopped T Phrases|
|focal point||It’s hot.|
|gamut||Thanks a lot.|
|implement||Wait for me.|
|indicate||Don’t be late|
|keynote||He’s at school|
|poignant||Sorry, I can’t|
|*Use a stopped T sound in compound words also.|
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