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    #1

    pull (in)

    Would you check if 'pull in' fixes the context? Does it make any difference if we put 'in' in front of pull?

    1. Presidential candidates usually make comments on cutting taxes and making a better country to pull (in) huge crowds/people.

    2. Alan Shearer always pulled (in) a lot of fans not only on his play but also on his way of life (off the court).

    I would appreciate the help of both AmE and BrE speakers.

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    Re: pull (in)

    You need pull in. Otherwise it reads as if huge crowds and a lot of fans are being dragged.

    All the best.

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    Re: pull (in)

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    You need pull in. Otherwise it reads as if huge crowds and a lot of fans are being dragged.

    All the best.

    Yeah, you're perfectly right. Though I wonder why 'in' in front of 'pull' is in brackets in one of my dictionaries. My guess was that it could be left out. But on second thought my examples without 'in' would sound funny.

    Anyway, you're saying 'being dragged'. Does it suggest that sy is dragging sg now and if you're saying sg is dragged, you aren't dragging it now but you usually do it?

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    Re: pull (in)

    AmE speaker here. You definitely need "pull in" in both examples. There is a sense of drawing large crowds, of either voters or sports fans. Crowds are "pulled in".

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    Re: pull (in)

    retro, what are sy and sg?

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    Re: pull (in)

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    retro, what are sy and sg?
    They're are abbreviations in dictionaries.

    sy=somebody
    sg=something

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