Re: Plural Problem

Subject: Re: Plural Problem
From: John Burgdorf <john -dot- burgdorf -at- AUTODESK -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 1996 13:28:39 PST

If it's not forbidden by your style guidelines, and if --as you
imply-- the buttons are explicitly labeled "Reset" and "Init", you
could even more cleanly say:

Press Reset, and then press Init.

and, by extension:

Press Reset, and then Init.

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Subject: Plural Problem
Author: Gordon Moore <gmoore2 -at- isma -dot- com> at SMTPCC3
Date: 8/7/96 12:51 PM


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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