Instructive texts

An instructive text is written to tell you how to do something.

Key features of this type of texts:

  • It is ordered with a kind of list, telling step by step what to do.
  • It addresses the reader directly, though a word ‘you’ is not normally used.
  • It contains diagrams and pictures to help understanding.

The style of the instructive texts:

  • It uses imperative words.
  • It uses the simple language and unnecessary words are taken out.
  • It uses the present tense.
  • It is impersonal.
  • It contains words like must and must not.


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