The word "pull" is almost always used as a verb. Use "pull" when you bring something towards you, or when you open something such as a door or a drawer.
The word "pull" sounds like many other words. Listen to the differences among these:
pull / pole / pool / Paul
There are many verb phrases that make use of the word "pull." Notice how the meaning changes with the addition of a preposition:
I pulled over to the side of the road because my tire was flat.
Helen pulled her car into the garage and left it there.
Jeremy pulled himself out of of the race because his leg hurt.
You can pull up to the next window to get your food. (This kind of a sentence is often heard at a drive-thru restaurant like McDonald’s or Burger King.)
The doctor told the man to pull down his pants so that he could see what was wrong with his leg.
After several weeks in the intensive care unit, the little girl pulled through and made a successful recovery.
Their company was able to pull off yet another profitable quarter while other similar companies lost money.
We’re lucky to have so many talented people to pull from in this organization.
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This page was first published on July 6, 2012. It was updated on July 25, 2015.