pull 1 /pʊl/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 MOVE SOMETHING TOWARDS YOU [intransitive, transitive] to use your hands to make something or someone move towards you or in the direction that your hands are moving OPP push

Mom! Davey’s pulling my hair!

pull somebody/something into/away from/over etc something

He pulled her down into her seat.

pull something open/shut

She pulled open the door and hurried inside.

Say, there are 2 bottles, you put the bigger one on the smaller one in a way that the inner neck of the bigger bottle fitly contact the outer neck of the smaller one as in this picture (the white one is a bit bigger than the green one).

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To take the white one off the green one, you have to hold the green one with a hand and use the other hand to pull the white one up.

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could I say "you can pull it open to separate them" in this specific situation?

  • I would use "detach" – Fermichem Mar 23 at 7:22
  • You could say "pull them apart". – Jack O'Flaherty Mar 23 at 8:24
  • it really depends though, if you're writing instructions something like, "to detach, pull the cap" would do better. – Fermichem Mar 23 at 8:34
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    Two bottles pushed together are still two bottles, not some new object, so you would say them rather than it. I agree with Jack - pull them apart. – Kate Bunting Mar 23 at 8:56

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