RE: Step structure (was RE: a question about verb tense/is or was ?)

Subject: RE: Step structure (was RE: a question about verb tense/is or was ?)
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp -at- cisco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 11:50:21 -0500

I'll raise that to 10 cents!

Putting the condition before the action is a smart idea. People tend to DO
the action first, then read the rest of the sentence. Thus, I'd write:

To erase your hard drive, click Mumble...


instead of:

Click Mumble to erase your hard drive.

Imagine the screams of anguish in the first case from users who clicked
first and read the condition afterwards!

Marguerite

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