I would appreciate it someone could let me know which one of the following choices would work properly in the self-made sentence below:

  • Put your foot on the clutch and ......................... and slowly release the clutch and put the car in the first gear.

a) push on the gas

b) step on it

For me, they both work properly and the only difference is that the choice "b" is a slang and the first one is not, but I'm not sure if they both sound natural to natives.

  • I'd say press (on) the gas pedal Dec 12, 2016 at 12:47
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    Anyway it's better to rephrase it to: "Push the clutch all the way down and select 1st gear. Afterwards, start gently pressing down the gas pedal while slowly releasing the clutch." Dec 12, 2016 at 12:52

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Note: All of the below is based on American English

step on it

"Step on it" is almost exclusively used when asking someone to speed up very quickly. For example, "Step on it! We're in a hurry!" This is because if you step (literally) on a gas petal, it will go all the way down, meaning you will accelerate as fast as possible.

push on the gas

Generally we say "press the gas", "press the gas pedal", "press ADJ on the gas pedal".

In conclusion, I think you best option would be:

Put your foot on the clutch, press gently on the gas pedal, and then slowly release the clutch while putting the car in the first gear.

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    You know that you can't do that in a real car? Dec 13, 2016 at 7:08

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