Peter pressed the accelerator instead of break

Bassim

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I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

Peter pressed the accelerator instead of break and crashed into another car. He blamed his carelessness on sedatives and fatigue, and vowed never to get into a car in such a state.
 

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Piscean,

I am only wondering if "the" before "brake" in the above sentence is compulsory, or it could be dropped.
 

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In American English, it would either be "the brakes," since there are brakes on every wheel, or "the brake pedal," since there's just one pedal.
 

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This American says step on the brake. The plural would sound unnatural to me, as well as illogical. There's only one brake pedal, and you don't step on the brake cylinders on the wheels.

My wife said the same when I asked her.
 
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