"I have managed to pull off only two topics." Is this phrase correct? As manage and pull-off has the same meaning.

  • We were doubtful the plan would succeed, but he managed to pull it off (Webster). – Khan Feb 13 '18 at 7:19

The two verbs do overlap.

To "pull something off" means to succeed in doing it; the phrase is often used in situations where the expectation was failure, not success, or where the task, when thought about, seems more daunting in retrospect than it did to begin with.

To "manage to do something" means to do it, perhaps accidentally, perhaps in a clumsy way, perhaps in a manner which could not be repeated again at will. The person who accomplished the thing has no mastery of it.

  • Could you please correct this phrase for me then? – EnglishLearner Sep 2 '17 at 11:36
  • What do you mean by "then"? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 2 '17 at 13:01
  • As this phrase is wrong ..could you please correct it for me? – EnglishLearner Sep 2 '17 at 13:03
  • Who said it was wrong? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 2 '17 at 13:04
  • you said that two verbs are overlapping that's why i thought it is wrong... – EnglishLearner Sep 2 '17 at 13:06

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