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    shift/change

    Hi,

    Change/shift are used for gears. Can we say ''Shift/change the gear to one/two/three''?

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    #2

    Re: shift/change

    We normally say "shift into first, second, or third gear".

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    Re: shift/change

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    In Aust/NZ I do hear "shift" but "change" is much more common.
    As Mike says, it's always first/second/third. The highest gear is often called "top".

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    #4

    Re: shift/change

    Is ''Change into the first gear'' possible?
    What should I say:
    ''Change the gear OR gears''?

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    Re: shift/change

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    I would say "change into first" or "change into first gear".

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    #6

    Re: shift/change

    JMurray's posts apply to BrE, too.

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    #7

    Re: shift/change

    AmE does use 'change', but 'shift' is more common.

    Personally, when mentioning the specific gear, I almost always use 'shift', as in 'shift into first'. When referring to the general act, without mentioning a particular gear, I'll sometime use 'change' in lieu of 'shift', as in "You need to change gears."

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    Re: shift/change

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I'll sometime use 'change' in lieu of 'shift', as in "You need to change gears."
    This speaker of BrE says 'change gear' (singular).

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