Re: future tense vs present tense

Subject: Re: future tense vs present tense
From: Phil Snow Leopard <philstokes03 -at- googlemail -dot- com>
To: "Harvey, Jon" <Jon -dot- Harvey -at- PERKINELMER -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:06:09 +0700

That's not an instruction, it's a description. An instruction would be

*To save your changes, press ENTER.

Phil

On 11 Jan 2012, at 23:40, Harvey, Jon wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I had an interesting conversation with one of my colleagues. The topic was when to use future tense in instructions versus present tense. Such as:
>
> "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 think.
>
> ..........................Jon
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