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    Could please explain to me what different meaning have these two phrasal verbs in these sentences?

    1) I was driving up a steep hill when the engine cut out.

    2) I was driving up a steep hill when the engine pulled up.

    3) I was driving up a steep hill when the car cut out.

    4) I was driving up a steep hill when the car pulled up.cu

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    Re: cut out - pull up

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Could please explain to me what different meaning have these two phrasal verbs in these sentences?

    1) I was driving up a steep hill when the engine cut out.

    2) I was driving up a steep hill when the engine pulled up.

    3) I was driving up a steep hill when the car cut out.

    4) I was driving up a steep hill when the car pulled up.cu
    1. The engine stopped working.
    2. Not a sentence I'd ever say.
    3. Acceptable, but it's the engine that stopped working, not the car as a whole. I wouldn't say this.
    4. Another vehicle moved up into a position next to my car.
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    Re: cut out - pull up

    In BE it's fine to say 'The engine cut out' or stalled.

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    Re: cut out - pull up

    But do you use "pulled up" to mean that?

    "Stalled" would be the most natural thing for me, too, with #1, instead of "cut out."
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    Re: cut out - pull up

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    But do you use "pulled up" to mean that?
    No. A car pulls up as a result of the driver braking.

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    Re: cut out - pull up

    Ah! Interesting.

    Here, a car pulls up when you draw alongside something else.

    Pull up to the drive-through window.
    He pulled up beside me to tell me my gas tank was open.
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    Re: cut out - pull up

    I wouldn't use pull up for an engine stopping. Pull up in BrE can be alongside, but you can pull up at traffic lights too.

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