RE: future tense vs. present tense

Subject: RE: future tense vs. present tense
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:48:38 -0500

Neither: "Press ENTER to save your changes."

There is no "after" -- it's instantaneous.

-----Original Message-----
From: Harvey, Jon
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:41 AM
To: tech2wr-l (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
Subject: future tense vs. present tense

I had an interesting conversation with one of my colleagues. The topic
was when to use future tense in instructions versus present tense. Such

"After you press ENTER, your changes will be saved." versus "After you
press ENTER, your changes are saved."

I have my own opinion but I thought I'd ask other people what they

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