Last night when you were driving home, a police car stopped you because one of your headlights was out. This morning, you're talking with a friend at work and you want to tell him the story of what happened. You say:
I got pulled over on my way home last night.
When you're driving, to "pull over" means to stop your car on the side of the road. You might have to "pull over" when a police car stops you, when you have engine trouble, or when you need to look at a map. Here's an example:
When there's an ambulance or fire truck approaching, you're supposed to pull over to the side of the road and let them pass.
You can use "pull over" by itself like in this example. Or you can use it with an object like this:
You're supposed to pull your vehicle over to the side of the road.
"Getting pulled over" specifically means that a police car forces you to stop your car because you've been doing something wrong. When you "get pulled over", the police come behind you and turn on their lights and siren. When that happens, you're supposed to pull over and wait for the police officer to come to talk to you. Depending on what you were doing, the police officer might do one of the following:
- give you a warning
- give you a ticket
- arrest you
"On my way home" refers to anything that you do while you're coming home from somewhere, like from work, from a vacation, from shopping, etc.
The phrase "on my way ___" is usually followed by "to ___":
I was on my way to work when she called.
But "home" is special because you never use "to" with it:
I'm going to Ted's house.
I'm going home.
"Here" and "there" are also special in the same way:
He's on his way here right now.
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