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  • Pull Out – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Pull Out

    Infinitive form: Pull Out

    Present Tense: Pull Out/ Pulls Out

    ing form: Pulling Out

    Past tense: Pulled Out

    Participle: Pulled Out

    Pull out is a separable English phrasal verb. It can be used in different ways:

    When something or someone leaves a place.

    1. We can pull out by noon if everyone is ready.

    2. Jack saw the train pulling out as soon as he got there.

    In the context of vehicles, it means leaving a parking space and entering the street or other driving area.

    1. They say that prevention is better than cure; therefore, it is a good idea to wear your seat belt before you pull out of the parking space.

    2. The robbers pulled out of the driveway so fast that it left skid marks!

    When you draw (weapons) or take/remove something.

    1.  When Detective Jones pulled his pistol out, the townspeople fell silent.

    2. What do we have here on the bill? This service is pulling money out of my account every month!

    When someone wants to cancel an arrangement or agreement or to stop being involved in something.

    1. The businessman pulled out of the deal at the last minute because he realized that it’s not really worth it.

    2. The clients are pulling out of the original agreement to start a new campaign.

    When soldiers are removed from a location as needed; a retreat.

    1. The president pulled most of the troops of Iraq in order to help the Typhoon victims in the Philippines.

    2. The soldiers were pulled out almost as soon as they arrived in the battlefield.

    Note: Pullout (n.) when used as a noun, means soldiers were being removed from  a place.

    i.e.: The pullout happened as ordered by the president.

    Watch the movie clip below for an example of Pull Out being used in a sentence. It only gets used twice in this clip from Old School, but the clip is really funny, and worth watching.

    Exercises: Write your answers in comments and we will correct them.

    Fill in the gap from the video above:

    1. You should ____ that ____.

    2. Wait, wait, ____ what ___.

    Why is Will Ferrell’s character so confused?

    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Pull Out.

    1. Please do not ____ of this wonderful deal without thinking deeply about it first.

    2. If you don’t stop _____ money ___ of my bank account right now, I’m going to file a complaint.

    3.  Does this have anything to do with the soldiers being ____ ___ of the country?

    4. Don’t even think about ___ __ your wallet. The police might think it’s a weapon and end up shooting at us.

    5. I wish you could ____ __ of the driveway without destroying  my lovely plants.