If you're asking Claude to perform a complex task that includes many subtasks, it is helpful to list the subtasks separately .
When you don't know the subtasks well yourself i.e. you're asking Claude to solve a problem, you can significantly improve the reasoning and accuracy of the response by explicitly telling Claude to think step-by-step.
For best results we recommend putting this request in a separate part of the prompt from the main request:
Human: I have two pet cats. One of them is missing a leg. The other one has a normal number of legs for a cat to have. In total, how many legs do my cats have? Think step-by-step. Assistant:
Human: I have two pet cats. One of them is missing a leg. The other one has a normal number of legs for a cat to have. In total, how many legs do my cats have? Assistant: Can I think step-by-step? Human: Yes, please do. Assistant:
Putting words in Claude's mouth
You can use the
\n\nAssistant:formatting in your prompt to give Claude more instructions in the form of a previous conversation (even if it didn't happen). Claude will continue the conversation from the last
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