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Writing Instructions
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Writing Instructions

Writing instructions normally tells us how to do something. Writing instructions is a skill that you should try to perfect. If your instructions are not clear, you might cause loss or damage to someone. In serious situations, the wrong instructions could lead to death.

The best way to write instructions is by using the imperative mood: this just means that you use the dictionary form of the verb to give an instruction, e.g. 'Stir slowly for two minutes'. 'Stir' is the dictionary form of the verb and is used as an instruction to do something. Here's another instruction: 'Don't add more than 250 grams of raisins to the mixture'. 'Don't add' instructs you not to add.

Try this 11-plus English quiz and see how well you do with giving instructions. Don't forget: instructions can be both written and spoken.

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1.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
You'll have to unscrew the lid, then slide it to the left. You mustn't slide it beyond the red mark.
Slide the lid beyond the red mark
Unscrew the lid, then slide it to the left. Slide the lid beyond the red mark
Unscrew the lid, then slide it to the left. Do not slide the lid beyond the red mark
Unscrew the lid, then slide it to the left
Use the imperative mood: the verbs used in the instructions are 'unscrew' and 'slid'
2.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
You have got to go either to the baker's or to the butcher's first. You might decide to go the butcher's first, in that case you'll have to go to the barber's afterwards. If you decide to go to the baker's first, then you'll have to go the builder's afterwards.
First go either to the baker's or to the butcher's. If you go to the butcher's first, then go to the barber's. If you go to the baker's first, then go to the builder's
First go either to the baker's or to the butcher's. If you go to the baker's first, then go to the barber's. If you go to the butcher's first, then go to the builder's
First go either to the builder's or to the barber's. If you go to the builder's first, then go to the butcher's. If you go to the barber's first, then go to the baker's
Go to the baker's or the butcher's, then go to the barber's or the builder's
Use the imperative mood: the verb used in the instruction is 'go'
3.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
You should slowly pour the liquid into the beaker and at the same time you should stir it.
Pour the liquid into the beaker and at the same time stir it slowly
Pour the liquid into the beaker and at the same time stir it
Pour the liquid slowly into the beaker, then stir it
Pour the liquid slowly into the beaker and at the same time stir it
Use the imperative mood: the verbs used in the instructions are 'pour' and 'stir'
4.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
You mustn't tell anyone, and you mustn't write anything about this meeting.
Don't tell anyone and don't write anything
Don't tell anyone and don't write anything about this meeting
Don't speak or write
This meeting must not be speak or write
Use the imperative mood: the verbs used in the instructions are 'tell' and 'write'
5.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
If you haven't checked all the doors and windows, do that first. You'll also have to inform the duty officer after that, but before you do that - return the keys.
Check all the doors and windows, then return the keys. Finally, inform the duty officer
Check all the doors and windows, then inform the duty officer. Finally, return the keys
Check all the doors and windows, and keys. Finally, inform the duty officer
Check all the doors and windows, then inform the duty officer about the keys
Use the imperative mood: the verbs used in the instructions are 'check', 'return' and 'inform'
6.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
Having pressed the blue button, you have to enter the code, and then press the red button.
Press the blue and red buttons and enter the code
Enter the code, then press the red button, and finally press the blue button
Press the blue button, then enter the code. Finally, press the red button
Press the red button, then enter the code. Finally, press the blue button
Use the imperative mood: the verbs used in the instructions are 'press' and 'enter'
7.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
You'll have to clean the wound first, then put on the bandage.
Put on the bandage, then clean the wound
Bandage clean the wound
Clean the wound, then put on the bandage
Clean the wounded bandage
Use the imperative mood: the verbs used in the instructions are 'clean' and 'put'
8.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
The left handle has to be turned to the right, and then the right handle has to be turned to the left.
Turn the handles left and right
Turn the left handle to the right, then turn the right handle to the left
Turn both handles in the opposite directions
Turn the left handle to the left, then turn the right handle to the right
Use the imperative mood: the verb used in the instruction is 'turn'
9.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
If there's a fire, you'll have to leave the building and phone the fire brigade.
If there's a fire, leave the building and phone the fire brigade
Leave the building and phone the fire brigade
If there's a fire brigade, leave the building and phone the fire
Leave the building and the fire
Use the imperative mood: the verbs used in the instructions are 'leave' and 'phone'
10.
In the given situation, which one of the instructions is correct?
The water has to be boiled before you add the sugar.
Boil the sugar before you add the water
Boil water and sugar
Put the sugar in the water and boil it
Boil the water first, then add the sugar
Use the imperative mood: the verbs used in the instructions are 'boil' and 'add'
Author:  Frank Evans

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