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    "Was instructed to do smth." - does it imply that smth was done?

    Do you think the verb to instruct (meaning: To give orders to; direct) implies that the instructions were followed, i.e. that the person who was instructed to do something actually did that?

    I have a text where I need to clearly state whether the person did what he/she was asked to. In the sentences where I use told, asked, I use a "tail":

    She was asked to enter the number into the xx field; she complied.
    or
    She was told to enter the number into the xx field which she did.


    Should I use the same "tails" for a sentence including instructed?


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    Re: "Was instructed to do smth." - does it imply that smth was done?

    Welcome to the forum.

    There is no way to tell from "told/instructed/asked" if the person followed the instruction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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