Do we pronounce " row" as "now"?

jutfrank

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When it means 'an argument', it's pronounced like now.

When it means 'an arrangement of things' or 'move a boat with oars', it's pronounced like go and slow.

You can find the pronunciation of words in dictionaries.
 

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You can also use Forvo. Choose English then type a word into the search box. It will bring up a list of recordings of the word (sometimes with context). Try to choose recordings made by native speakers only.
Of course, without context, you might get only recordings of "row" rhyming with "now". You might get a mixture of pronunciations, some rhyming with "now" and some rhyming with "so".
 

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When it means 'an argument', it's pronounced like now.
In my experience, Americans younger than 75 or so hardly ever use this meaning. There may be regions where younger people do use it though.
 

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I have only heard it used by BrE speakers.
 

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We do still row in BrE.
 

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The adjective form 'rowdy' is common in AmE though, and carries the same pronunciation as the fight/argument pronunciation of the noun form.
 

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Sure, I can use the dictionaries and use forvo , but I would like you to listen to my pronunciation to receive your comments.
 

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You've almost mastered the two different pronunciations of "ow" in your recording. However, the sound is much better when you say "now" than when you say "row". I think the "r" sound is making it more difficult for you.
When you try to rhyme it with "so", it's not as good. The first time you tried to do that, it almost sounded like "raw".
 
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