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Instructions need to be clear and to the point. Direct (bossy!) language is used to tell people what to do, for example:

'Screw the leg onto the bottom of the table'.

Instructions often include pictures and diagrams to show what needs doing because explaining with words alone is not always clear.

table leg, base of table, bracket and two screws to attach leg to base

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