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Offline t k

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---- a gust of wind bowed the poplars
« on: April 21, 2021, 04:48:36 am »
But a gust of wind bowed the poplars, and suddenly the rain fell; it pattered against the green leaves.

How is "bowed" pronounced, rhyming with "loud" or with "toad"?  It is a translation of French "se courber".  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- a gust of wind bowed the poplars
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2021, 07:32:00 am »
pronounce as loud
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: ---- a gust of wind bowed the poplars
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2021, 12:23:56 pm »
I am not sure it's "bowed" to rhyme with "loud."  I have heard how the trees are bowed (rhyming with "toad").  See this page and scroll down: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bow#etymology


bow verb
\ ˈbō
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bowed; bowing

Kids Definition of bow (Entry 4 of 5)
: to bend or cause to bend into a curve The wall bows out.
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Re: ---- a gust of wind bowed the poplars
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2021, 03:08:28 pm »
This site has (BE) voice samples (click the little arrows in a circle to listen)

https://dict.leo.org/german-english/bowed
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Re: ---- a gust of wind bowed the poplars
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2021, 11:41:48 am »
The two examples with "bowed down" aren't the same meaning as "the gust of wind bowed" though.  Maybe it's a difference between AmE and BrE.  Several other examples did not have audio with them, so I didn't listen to all.
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