________ repairing the car, Pete took it out for a road test.
Knowledge: Molecular clauses / Reducing synonyms clauses
When two clauses have the same subject (he-Pete), one of the two clauses can be reduced to the form:
– V-ing / Having P2: if the clause is shortened, it means active
– P2 (past participle): if the reduced clause has a passive meaning
The subject “he” can be mastered (self-executing “finish” => active meaning.
Translation:. After fixing the car, Pete took it out to the street for a test drive.