Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Importance of Well-Worded Instructions

The village blacksmith finally found an apprentice willing to work hard for long hours. The blacksmith immediately began his instructions to the lad, "When I take the shoe out of the fire, I'll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head, you hit it with this hammer."The apprentice did just as he told. Now he's the village blacksmith.

Syntactically, these instructions should have used a word other that it.

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