RE: usage: when not if-then, how to use 'then'

Subject: RE: usage: when not if-then, how to use 'then'
From: Eeshita Grover <eeshita -at- ishoni -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 09:15:11 -0800

I would go with the first option.

-----Original Message-----
From: Cummings, Elizabeth [mailto:CummEl -at- ncs -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 8:54 AM
Subject: usage: when not if-then, how to use 'then'

I'm working with a rough draft with several lines of various procedures that
were written using the following formula:

"Do X, then do Y."

Each clause is fairly lengthy. My question: How, if at all should I edit the

1. "Do X, then do Y." [Leave as is.]
2. "Do X, and then do Y."
3. "First do X, then do Y."
4. "1. Do X.
2. Do Y."

I hesitate to use the fourth option because in most cases, the actions are
closely tied to one another (though not dependent upon one another, as in
the case of an if-then construction).

I seem to recall that there is a rule about not using "and" and "then"
together, but I also seem to recall a rule that forbids the original

Thanks for your input.

--Elizabeth Cummings

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