Age and hard work bowed her once straight back.
In the above sentence, what is the vowel sound of the word bowed? Is it the same as the vowel in no or as the vowel in how?
Last edited by sitifan; 11-Sep-2015 at 14:08.
I need native speakers' help.
I believe it should sound like "no" for bowed legs or bowed string.
If you're bowing your head, it should sound like "how".
"Bow" as in "bow and arrow" means to bend something into the shape of a bow.
I think this meaning of the word fits the sentence better.
Last edited by tedmc; 09-Sep-2015 at 12:35.
I am not a teacher.
I agree that it's possible that the back is made into a bowing position (how), but I would go with the curved bow (no) meaning.