Student or Learner
1) He tipped his head to the right and spoke about the effects of pollution.
2) He tilted his head to the right and spoke about the effects of pollution.
3) He bent his head to the right and spoke about the effects of pollution.
Can someone please tell me if the above sentences are correct? What's the difference between them?
They may be synonyms, but connotations are different.
One tips one's hat, not head. That means to touch its brim and lift it slightly as a sign of respect. Or one tips over a glass, which means to knock it over accidently or gently, but the result is still spilt milk.
To bend suggests either an unnatural position or to physically take something in one's hands and reshape it. One bends pipe, or a drinking straw. Or one bends one's body out of shape, as a contortionist.
But a simple head movement, of a person or a bird for example, while still looking in the same direction, is a tilt. It's natural, gentle, and small. An exception is with a pinball machine or arcade game that goes "TILT" if you violently shake it.
If you move your head to look in a different direction, you are twisting your head, rather than tilting it. Generally speaking, to twist something is to take it by each end and rotate the ends in opposite directions: imagine a rope. The strands that make up the rope are twisted along the rope, rather than in a straight line.