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    #1

    to put/pull on clothes

    What's the difference between
    to put on clothes
    and
    to pull on clothes
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    Re: to put/pull on clothes

    To me (and others may well differ), pulling on clothes implies that it was done quickly and possibly even carelessly. To put on clothes gives a sense of a more orderly approach.

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    Re: to put/pull on clothes

    There are some pieces of clothing which I think lend themselves well to "pull on" and others that don't:

    I think these work:

    He pulled on a sweater.
    He pulled on his wellies.
    He pulled on a pair of black jeans.

    I don't think it works for:

    He pulled on a cardigan.
    He pulled on a shirt.
    He pulled on a jacket.

    Personally, I don't feel any difference in speed between "pull on" and "put on" unless the context suggests a difference.

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    Re: to put/pull on clothes

    I agree with emsr2d2 about the clothes one might pull on without necessarily implying speed; these may be tight and require some effort.

    However, with other clothes, and with the word 'clothes' itself, I agree with waflob that 'pulling on' can suggest speed and/or carelessness.

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