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    Bassim is offline VIP Member
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    People believed John could pull

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct. Does my sentence sound natural?

    People believed John could pull any girl he wanted because of his handsome looks, but he was shy, insecure, and still a virgin, despite being 25 years of age.

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    Re: People believed John could pull

    At least in American English, there is no expression to pull a girl.

    You can write twenty-five years of age, but there's little reason to prefer that phrase over ​twenty-five years old.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: People believed John could pull

    GoesStation,

    There is "pull a girl" in spoken BrE, meaning sexually attract. Longman Dictionary has this example: "he knew he could pull any girl he wanted." I am wondering how usual is this expression in spoken BrE.

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    Re: People believed John could pull

    All the BrE speakers I know would know exactly what "to pull" means in this context. People who go out on the town with the express purpose of hooking up (casually) with someone is said to be "out on the pull".
    Sometimes, if I make a particularly unattractive face (let's say I just accidentally got a mouthful of lemon juice), my friends will laugh and say something like "You've got your pulling face on then?!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: People believed John could pull

    It's standard British English.

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