Student or Learner
There are many ways of using the verb owe
storyline: Two boys found a bag full of money. They gave the bag to the police station. They were given $180 a reword.
question: If the money the boys found had been yours, would you have given a reward?
my answer: Yes I would have given them a reward because they are owed a reward. They are owed it. They are owed $180 or even more.
Jessica renovated the car and had to pay a lot of money. She has put lots of effort into it. We are sisters and I think she is owed the car. (We should give the car to her)
is the text in bold about right?
1. Yes I would have given them a reward because they were owed a reward. Fine. ("Given it to them" is more natural)
They are owed it. Attractively simple and concise. I consider this response excellent.
They are owed $180 or even more. Correct but unlikely usage.
2. You renovate a house but not a car. You repair or restore a car.
My sister Jessica spent a lot of money to repair the car. I think she deserves to own it." That is what I would say.
"she is owed the car" is intelligible and correct, but less natural in my opinion.