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    column about car insurance 1/2

    I was reading one of today's newspaper columns about car insurance. And the way this columnist writes his column... I don't know, somewhat more difficult to understand. It's not like he uses difficult words or anything, but he somewhat jokes around to get across his intended message...

    http://torontosun.canoe.ca/News/Colu...67872-sun.html

    If you're interested you can read the whole column, otherwise I'll just refer to the sentences I have questions about from the column.

    Here it goes:

    Cars memorize our schedules. It's easy to be back every morning. Do you never fill up on the way home from work, yet the next day your gas gauge is at 'half'? what other explanations could there be?
    Question A1: 'Do you never fill up on the way home from work', is the sentence saying you did or didn't fill up the gas?


    "She says a lot of lease cars show the postal code of the agency out in the burbs, or a company car's nice suburban campus,"
    Question B1: I understood until 'out in the burbs', and then I suddenly lose the connection. The sentence before and after the comma just don't connect to me. Could you explain what the sentence says?

    More questions to come in the next post...

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    Re: column about car insurance 1/2

    A1 You fill up
    B1 They have nice suburban postcodes on the papers to get cheaper insurance, while the car may 'live and work' in a worse area from an insurance perspective

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    Re: column about car insurance 1/2

    So I guess 'Do you never' works as 'Don't you'. I got that one, Thank you Tdol.

    As for the questions B1, I now got what the sentence means, but the sentence before / after the comma still don't connect together in my brain.

    Maybe if you try to separate it into two sentences I may understand the structure better, like what you'd do to explain sentences that has 'which / who / that'.

    Thank you very much!

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