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    Default Does / Do

    If these are not correct, why? What do they mean?

    1. If I'm going down the hill and I want to use engine braking by shifting into gear 2 or 1, does that damage my engine?
    2. If I'm going down the hill and I want to use engine braking by shifting into gear 2 or 1, do those damage my engine?

    For the question above, do I use 'this' or 'that'?
    3. If I'm going down the hill and I want to use engine braking by shifting into gear 2 or 1,does this damage my engine?
    4. If I'm going down the hill and I want to use engine braking by shifting into gear 2 or 1, does that damage my engine? (I think 'that' is the correct one because it refers to the past?)

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    Use 'does' because it is a singular action- shifting gear. You can use 'this' or 'that' imo.

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    In addition, try, "1st or 2nd gear". Also, since the subject is singular, the verb should be singular:

    Does shifting damage my engine?
    => Subject: shifting (singular)
    => Verb: Does damage (singular)

    Does shifting into 1st and 2nd gear damage my engine?
    => Subject: shifting into 1st gear or 2nd gear = it

    Does it damage my engine?
    => singular subject + singular verb

    3. Use 'this' if you're shifting at the time (i.e., showing your friend how you'd shift the gears).

    EX: Does this (i.e., what I am showing you now) damage my bike?

    4. Use 'that' to refer to the previous statement: "shifting into 1st or 2nd gear".

    EX: Does that (i.e., what I just said: 'shifting into 1st or 2nd gear') damage my bike?

    By the way, "would" and "will" also work:

    EX: Would shifting damage my bike?
    EX: Will shifting damage my bike?

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    By the way, "would" and "will" also work:

    EX: Would shifting damage my bike?
    EX: Will shifting damage my bike?
    Why is that? The tenses don't match?
    1. If I'm going down the hill and I want to use engine braking, would shifting damage my bike?

    Is #1 correct because of this?
    2. If I'm going down the hill and I want to use engine braking, would shifting damage my bike if I used it?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Why is that? The tenses don't match?
    1. If I'm going down the hill and I want to use engine braking, would shifting damage my bike?

    Is #1 correct because of this?
    2. If I'm going down the hill and I want to use engine braking, would shifting damage my bike if I used it?
    Thanks.
    Correct. Nice catch.

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