Plural Problem

Subject: Plural Problem
From: Gordon Moore <gmoore2 -at- ISMA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 1996 09:52:40 -0600

Can someone help settle an argument, please?

The situation is this. The manual is describing a reset of a piece of
hardware. The process is to press one button labelled "Reset" and then to
press a second button labelled "Init." Should the sentence go:

Press the "Reset" and then the "Init" buttons.
or
Press the "Reset" and then the "Init" button.
or
Press the "Reset" button, and then the "Init" button.

I guess the last is the clearest, but I don't like the repetition. The second
could sound like "Reset" is not a button; and the first sounds like "Init" is
more than one button.

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