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    the pronunciation of bowed

    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.
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    Re: the pronunciation of bowed

    how

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    Re: the pronunciation of bowed

    I believe it should sound like "no" for bowed legs or bowed string.
    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d.../bowed#bowed_3

    If you're bowing your head, it should sound like "how".
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bowed



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    Re: the pronunciation of bowed

    "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.
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    Re: the pronunciation of bowed

    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.

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