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Comments

  • Thanks for your help so suggestion from the author is handbrake and gear on both a hill and a flat? The statement after ‘You don’t have to....’ is meant for both the flat and on a hill? The punctuation is confusing and made me think the ‘You don’t …
  • So, the suggestion seems to be to leave it in gear both on the flat and on a hill?
  • Yes I agree, thanks for your reply. So, if you were reading that with the poor grammar, you would assume that ‘You don’t have to keep it in gear’ is supposed to be a separate sentence or phrase and treated separately from the previous statement?
  • So I am trying to read this rather than write it myself. From your understanding of the original quote each comma would be a separate sentence or phrase?