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    Default Pulled ~ on, pulled ~ at

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    A. He pulled a gun on me. (a dictionary sample sentence)

    B. The story is told of a priest who was coming back to his parish house one evening in the dark only to be accosted by a robber who pulled a gun at him and demanded, “Your money or your life!”
    (Kelvin, The Redemption of our Human Nature, from a web site)

    Is this difference in the choice of the prepositions related to any differences, if there were any, in his determination to harm or in the way of aiming at the target?

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    Default Re: Pulled ~ on, pulled ~ at

    The second sounds a bit strange- as if the author meant pointed a gun at rather than pulled.

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    Default Re: Pulled ~ on, pulled ~ at

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    A. He pulled a gun on me. (a dictionary sample sentence)

    B. The story is told of a priest who was coming back to his parish house one evening in the dark only to be accosted by a robber who pulled a gun at him and demanded, “Your money or your life!”
    (Kelvin, The Redemption of our Human Nature, from a web site)

    Is this difference in the choice of the prepositions related to any differences, if there were any, in his determination to harm or in the way of aiming at the target?

    Thanks in advance
    I know I replied to this yesterday, but my post has disappeared!

    I agree with tdol. In my opinion, the use of "at" in the second paragraph is an error.

    You PULL a gun ON someone.
    You POINT a gun AT someone.

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