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.

RolePrompt
UserI 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.