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What do you call a statement similar to the following?

"How to perform a change of ownership"

I wish to request user input by asking a question such as:

"Please enter your title in the form of a ..."

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It's a statement, isn't it? "Please enter a single statement to use for the title, eg 'How to perform a change of ownership'." –  Andrew Leach Feb 19 '13 at 14:32
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Could you please elaborate a bit? I do not understand your question. –  tchrist Feb 19 '13 at 14:41
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“How to perform a change of ownership” is not a statement; in particular, it has no subject. But you could say, “Please enter your title in the form of an adverbial phrase.” –  jwpat7 Feb 19 '13 at 15:05
    
What does “perform” mean? Cause? Bring about? Ride around a circus ring on a unicycle while dressed as a clown? :) –  tchrist Feb 19 '13 at 18:40
    
"Please enter your title in the form of..." is not a question; it is a command in the imperative mood akin to the jussive subjunctive. I think I understand "perform a change of ownership" with verbs like "to buy" and "to sell." –  livresque Feb 19 '13 at 20:46

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I use such a phrase as the title of a document I give my software users to teach them how to perform a task. I call it "instructions" or *step-by-step instructions" or:

"XYZ Software Training - How to Perform a Change of Ownership"

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