Use the word "tow" when a truck or a car pulls another vehicle that is disabled or in violation of the law.
- My car isn't working, and I don't know why. I might need a tow.
- Sarah called a tow truck because her car stalled by the side of the road.
- A tow truck driver arrived soon after she called for a tow.
- The city will tow your car if you leave it on the street too long. (The word "tow" is a verb in this sentence.)
- Joe towed his friend's car out of a ditch when it went off the side of the road.
He's going to need a tow.
There are other circumstances in which the word "tow" is used.
- A tug boat tows other boats.
- Some boats towed by a tug boat are quite large.
This little tug boat is towing a large ship.
- Skiers can get a tow up a ski hill rather than having to walk up the hill.
- These skiers and snow boarders are holding on to a rope tow.
A rope tow saves skiers time and energy.
Note: The word "tow" has the exact same sound as the word "toe," of which a person has five on a foot.
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Date of publication: December 29, 2016