RE: "always read and follow the instructions"

Subject: RE: "always read and follow the instructions"
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 22:20:33 -0400

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> Subject: "always read and follow the instructions"
> When I see a statement in a manual such as "Always read and
> follow the instructions in this manual", two thoughts come to mind:
> - Following the instructions in the manual (i.e. the ones
> actually in the manual, not the instructions you imagine)
> presupposes having learned them, so the direction to "read"
> them is redundant.

On what planet, my dear? "Following instructions" means reading one step and
performing that step only, and then going on to subsequent steps.

> - Telling someone to "do x" with no qualifiers provides no
> options, so the modifier "always" is redundant.

Who needs a qualifier? How can you follow an instruction if you don't read

> Do you think "always read and follow the instructions" is
> likely to be more effective than "follow the instructions"?
> Do you think it depends on the context?

They are saying, "Don't call us and tell us *why* you didn't follow the
instructions -- the manual tells you to do so ALWAYS."

Bonnie Granat


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