Passing Property_33 to next workflow step

I am unable to pass to the email notification the comment placeholder PROPERTY_33 in the workflow when an automatic state transition is set.

When I set the trigger to "no automatic state transition", the comment PROPERTY_33 placeholder is passed and included in the email notification that I set.

I found this message thread about the comment placeholder, but i'm not sure if it's the same issue.

I would like to turn on the automatic state transition triggers, but I also want to pass the property_33 to the email message.  Is this possible?