In this context: "I was walking through the jungle, when I fell into a dark hole, when I fell in, I looked up and saw a girl reaching her hands out for me, She grabbed my hands and pulled me up from that hole".

Would it sound right? And it so, what's the difference between: She pulled me up from that hole, She pulled me out of that hole, She pulled me from that hole

Considering that a hole is a deep caved place, and if someone wants to take me out of there, they would have to bring me UP, since they would be above me and I would be under them. Would it still be acceptable to use "pulled up from"


Depending on the orientation of the hole, there may be no difference.

If you are "in a hole", you will always be pulled "out" in order to exit, whether the "hole" is physical or psychological.

My mind was stuck in a deep, dark hole, and my counselor helped pull me out of it.
I fell in a hole in the ground and my friends helped pull me out.

If the hole is considered under you, then when you are rescued, you will be pulled up.

I fell down into a sinkhole and the fire department pulled me up.
I had fallen into a bottomless pit of depression, and finally pulled myself up.

  • As you are here, let me ask you one more question: Let's suppose I got stuck on the roof (don't ask me how, let's just say I glued myself on the roof), and someone walked under me, looked up at me and I said: Help me! What would the guy do? Would he Pull me DOWN? Does this sound correct? Considering that I was stuck above him and he was under me, he would have to pull me down in order to take me off the roof. – Davyd Dec 26 '16 at 6:11
  • @DavydDiniz That would depend. If he is on a ladder, below you, he would "Pull you down from the roof". If instead, the only way was to climb onto the roof to reach you, he would "pull you off the roof", neither "up" nor "down" since he is on the same level as you might be. In both situations ultimately "He got you down from the roof", once you are standing on the ground. If you were glued on your back to the roof top, he would "Pull you up off the roof", to separate you from the roof, then bring you "down from the roof". "He got you off the roof" implies down. – Peter Dec 26 '16 at 6:35
  • So If I was 3 meters above him, but he was still able to reach me with his hands, would he pull me down from the roof, or pull me off? – Davyd Dec 26 '16 at 13:22

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