Plural Problem

Subject: Plural Problem
From: DAVID IBBETSON <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 1996 13:11:35 -0400

Gordon Moore writes:
>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.

There are two steps and the order is important. I would incline to something

1. Press the "Reset" button
2. Wait five seconds and then press the "Init" button

(Surprisingly often delay is necessary. Should the "reset" button be
released before the "init" button is pressed.)

David (the idiot) Ibbetson

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