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    #1

    Phrasal verb pull in usage

    Some dictionaries state:
    if a vehicle or driver pulls in somewhere, they stop there
    My comment: a vehicle does not move to the side of the road!
    We pulled in at the side of the road (the side of the road has to be specified!)
    Other dictionaries state:
    if a driver pulls in, they move to the side of the road and stop:
    She pulled in to let the ambulance pass.
    So, does the phrasal verb pull in mean that a vehicle stops at the side of the road or just stops somewhere?
    I hope I'm clear.

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    #2

    Re: Phrasal verb pull in usage

    If cars had to stop, they would typically do so at the side of the road.

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    #3

    Re: Phrasal verb pull in usage

    That would be "pull over" to me. You can "pull in" to a driveway or into a parking lot. You pull over to the side of the road.

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    #4

    Re: Phrasal verb pull in usage

    I pull in/up at the side of the road when I wish to stop driving.
    I also, like SD, pull in to a driveway.
    I pull over when I am requested/ordered to stop the car.
    I pull off one road to enter another. No stop is involved.
    I pull out into a stream of traffic. I may be stationary before pulling out, or I may be in a slower stream of traffic. Once I have achieved whatever my objective in pulling out was, I pull in again, this time continuing to drive.
    Last edited by Tdol; 28-Apr-2017 at 14:28. Reason: typo

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    #5

    Re: Phrasal verb pull in usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I pull in/up at the side of the road when I wish to stop driving.
    I would pull in at the side of the road and pull up at traffic lights.

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    #6

    Re: Phrasal verb pull in usage

    Maybe there is a difference between AE and BE. I would never say "I'm going to pull in to the shoulder." It's "pull over".

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    Re: Phrasal verb pull in usage

    I pull up at a red traffic light.
    I pull in/over to the side of the road.
    I pull up at the side of the road.
    I pull in to a layby.
    I pull over onto the hard shoulder.
    I pull over to let an ambulance pass.
    I turn off a road.
    I take an exit/a sliproad off a motorway.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Phrasal verb pull in usage

    I would most likely use pull over for external circumstances- a police officer ordering me to, a mechanical problem, to let an ambulance pass, etc.

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