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  1. Yes in both cases. You did right in terms of presenting the outline: it is better to read the whole sentence instead of the individual word, because an outline can have a different meaning depending on the sentence. For example, "m-a-n" may mean the word "main" and "l-u" is the brief form for "look".

  2. Yes, it is "may not" (short form for "may" + short form for "not", combined in a phrase). It could also mean "man" or "main". You need to use the context to decide which it is.
    Because of ambiguities like this, shorthand notes are easier to read if they contain fewer phrases and abbreviations. When using shorthand for personal note-taking, readability is usually more important than speed, so it is better to minimize the use of shortcuts.

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