You may come across the phrase “It donned on me” from time to time. This is, however, incorrect. The right verb to use in this expression is “dawn.”

Don means to wear or put on. For example, “Stephen donned his favorite straw hat while walking along the pier.”

Dawn, on the other hand, means to become visible or understood. For example, “The reality of this decision has yet to dawn on the team.”

If I had to guess, I believe don is sometimes misused for dawn because they can sound very similar when spoken, especially with a North American pronunciation.

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