Phrasal Verbs – pull part 1

Our next verb is ‘to pull’ combined with particles. Here is the first lesson about some of the most common. Read the examples carefully then do the exercises on the right.

‘to pull apart’ means to separate two or more things.

  • I didn’t like the dress when I had finished, so I pulled it apart and started again.
  • The teacher had to pull the two boys apart to stop them fighting.

‘to pull apart’ can also mean to criticise an idea or something written.

  • She pulled my argument apart in about thirty seconds.
  • The newspaper critics pulled his latest novel apart saying it wasn’t as good as his last.

‘to pull away’ is when a vehicle starts moving .

  • He knocked the cyclist over as he was pulling away from the junction.
  • The bus pulled away just as I arrived at the stop.

‘to pull back’ means to move something in a backwards direction.

  • He thought I was standing too close to the edge so he pulled me back.
  • When I pulled back the covers, I found a little kitten hidden in the bed.

‘to pull down’ means to demolish a building or other structure.

  • The old theatre was pulled down and replaced by a block of flats.
  • They pulled down a lot of houses when they built the new ring road around the city.

‘to pull down’ can also mean to move something from a higher position to a lower one.

  • The sun was shining in my eyes so I pulled down the blinds.
  • Her T-shirt was too short. She had to keep pulling it down to cover her stomach.

‘to pull in’ is when a vehicle is driven to a place to stop.

  • The bank’s over there. Stop and pull in behind that car. I’ll get out here.
  • We have very little petrol left. We’ll have to pull in at the next service station and get some.

‘to pull in’ can also mean to attract.

  • He’s a very popular singer at the moment. He can pull in an enormous crowd.
  • The music festival pulls in huge numbers of tourists every year.

‘to pull off’ means to succeed in doing something.

  • We’ll make a lot of money if we can pull off this deal.
  • I don’t know how good she is. Do you think she can pull it off?

‘to pull on’ means to put on clothes quickly.

  • Come on, get dressed. Pull on a sweater and let’s go.
  • When I arrived he was almost ready. He was just pulling on his hat and gloves.

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      * The election is to take place on October 2nd.
      * Sarah is to start her new job on the first of December.

      We can also use ‘going to’ for future plans and the present continuous for future arrangements. By using this form, we are emphasizing the DEFINITE nature of the plan or arrangement.

      We can use it to talk about past plans.

      * He was to start last Monday but he changed his mind at the last minute.
      * The carnival was to take place in February but it was canceled because of the floods.

      The past form can also be used to describe fate or what happened later.

      * The peace talks were to end in failure when the sides couldn’t agree.
      * Simon was to die before he achieved his objective.

      Sometimes, it can mean a duty, the same as ‘must’.

      * You are to arrive by 8.30 at the latest.
      * I am to remind you that no smoking is permitted in the building.

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