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hi everybody my name is Alisha welcome

back to know your verbs in this lesson

we're going to talk about the verb pole

let's get started

the basic definition of the verb pole is

to move something usually towards your

body

this motion to pull examples of this he

pulled his coffee mug across the table

she pulled the lamp string okay now

let's look at the conjugations for this

verb present pole poles past hold past

participle pulled progressive pulling

so now let's talk about some additional

meanings for this verb

the first additional meaning is to

remove something from its place some

examples my brother and I used to pull

weeds every summer I pulled out a few

gray hairs this morning so to pull in

this case is to remove something from

its original place in the first example

sentence my brother and I used to pull

weeds it means we've removed weeds from

the ground we pulled weeds from their

original place in the ground and took

them out in the second example sentence

it's about pulling grey hair so removing

gray hairs from their original place to

pull we use to pull to describe this

okay let's go on to the second

additional meaning now the second

additional meaning is to remove

something from a publication this can

mean TV it can mean magazines newspapers

to remove something usually because that

thing is offensive or it's incorrect or

it's inappropriate there's some problem

with it

examples pull the story from the

newspaper

TV show pulled the controversial photos

from its segment so in both of these

examples content is being removed from

some kind of media source or some kind

of publication because there's a problem

with it in the first example sentence

it's pulled the story so that means the

story the entire story there's some

problem with it it needs to be removed

in the second example sentence it's

about controversial photos controversial

photos are pulled from a segment so that

means there's some problem there's some

issue they have to be removed we use the

verb pole to refer to this usually in

media situations let's go on to the

third additional meaning for this verb

to attract a person or people meaning to

draw people in examples big celebrities

always pull big crowds we pulled in a

lot of new customers at the event so

here it means attracted or drew people

so in the first example sentence big

celebrities always pull big crowds means

attract pole means attract big

celebrities always draw in or attract a

lot of people in other words in the

second example sentence which was we

pulled in a lot of new customers

it means we drew we attracted a lot of

new customers you'll also notice that

I've used pulled in there so you can use

pulled in to refer to attracting people

as well to pull in so you might see that

or you might see as in the first example

sentence to pull big crowds okay let's

go on to the fourth additional meaning

of this verb the fourth additional

meaning is to get information like from

researching something examples

pull all the files about the criminal

investigation I pulled this photo from

his website so this means to get

information but usually with the kind of

feeling of doing some research so in the

first example sentence pull all the

files about the Criminal Investigation

it means go and get all the files or go

do some research find all the files and

get them so we're doing some kind of

research or some sort of investigation

and we need information we can use the

verb poll to refer to getting that

information in the second sentence I

pulled this photo from his website it

means I got this photo from his website

but it sounds like I went to his website

for some kind of research purpose and I

got the photo there

so now let's move along to some

variations and other ways to use this

verb the first expression is to pull

oneself together to pull oneself

together it means to regain your

composure to become calm once again

examples pulling yourself together it's

just a small mistake he needs to pull

himself together and get back to work so

in both of these examples there's

someone who's kind of panicking maybe or

they're having trouble staying calm and

composed we can use the expression pull

yourself together

to mean like imagine pulling yourself

pulling all the parts of yourself

together again to make like this calm

composed person in the second example

sentence he needs to pull himself

together and get back to work it means

he needs to regain his calm composed

manner and go back to his job so to pull

yourself together means just to regain

your calm state I guess you'll also

notice that this is commonly used

reflexively he needs to pull himself

together reflexive means that the

subject and the object of the verb are

the same person so he needs to pull

himself you'll see there or you should

pull yourself together

so the subject and the object are the

same person the next variation is the

expression to pull one's weight to pull

one's weight this means to do your fair

share of a job or a task to do the

things that you are assigned to do your

parts okay so oh this could be for work

it could be for another activity a job a

project whatever examples everyone needs

to pull their weight on the team he's

not pulling his weight on this project

what happened so in the first example

sentence everyone needs to pull their

weight on the team it means each person

needs to do his or her job each person

needs to do his or her tasks each person

has some responsibilities it's their job

to do those things that's pulling their

weight in the second example sentence

he's not pulling his weight on the

project what happened that means because

it's negative he's not doing his part in

the project he's not doing the things he

was assigned to do why what happened

what

the problem so to pull your weight is

typically something you should do at

work you want to pull your weight you're

fulfilling your tasks you're doing the

jobs that are assigned to you it's your

responsibility okay let's go on to a

third variation another way to use this

verb the expression is to pull rank to

pull rank this means using your power or

using authority to make someone do

something examples

my supervisor tried to pull rank on me

to get me to write fake customer reviews

but I refused

seems the CEO pulled rank on the

department manager they're working on

his new project so to pull rank means to

use your rank to use your position in

order to make other people do something

so in the first example sentence where a

supervisor tries to pull rank on the

speaker

it means the supervisor tries to use his

or her power to get this person the

speaker in this case to write customer

reviews that are not real customer

reviews so they're trying to get this

person to do something they don't want

to do because of their position of power

or authority we see this in the second

example sentence two but it was a

successful situation so the CEO pulled

rank on the department manager we know

this because the people in the

department presumably are working on the

CEOs new project so that means the CEO

was successful in convincing the

department manager to work on this

project so to pull rank means to use

your power or use your authority to make

something happen so those are a few new

ways I hope to use the word poll if you

have any questions or comments or if you

know some other ways there are lots of

using the verb poll

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you again soon bye my pull-pull-pull are

we fooling Oh pulling my hair out

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