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    How should I write, The led goes on

    Hi,
    English is not my native language so I need help.
    I have to write guidance (electronics related), but I don't know how to tell the user that the LED should have lit (if you understand me)
    This is a part of what I have written:

    Please press the BUTTON and then press ENTER. (The green LED should lit)
    What bothers me is mainly what's inside the brackets The green LED should lit or should have lit or should go on. Any advices?
    Further in this guidance I have to warn the user that the same LED should have gone off (not lighting any more).
    How should I structure my sentences:

    The green LED should go ON?
    The green LED should go OFF?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    Try: "The green LED should light up".

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    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Try: "The green LED should light up".
    Thank you Mr. b
    What about The LED should go off?

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    #4

    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    Make sure that when you write the final copy, you write LED, and not led.

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    #5

    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    I would use "turn on" or "turn off."

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    #6

    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    Can a light turn on/off by itself? Should it be turned on/off by someone?

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    #7

    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    LED stands for light-emitting diode, which is another source of light. I think you call it "LED light" (liike you call incandescent light or fluorescent light) and not just "LED".
    "Turning on and off" implies switching the light on and off whereas when you say "the light goes off", something else causes it to go off by itself.
    Last edited by tedmc; 03-Sep-2015 at 12:57.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Can a light turn on/off by itself? Should it be turned on/off by someone?
    Of course *something* turns it on. Likely a computer that has been programmed to do so.

    You don't need to explicitly name the actor when you say that something "turns on." All we're asking someone to do is verify if an LED has turned on or off.

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    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    Quote Originally Posted by rikotech View Post
    Thank you Mr. b
    What about The LED should go off?

    No. I wouldn't use that, it suggests that the light extinguishes.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 03-Sep-2015 at 20:53.

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    #10

    Re: How should I write, The led goes on

    I would probably say "The light should go green" and "The light should go out" (on the assumption that the light has no colour at all when it's off).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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