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    1. Thanks Carlos. Can you advise, is this an application of paragraph 390 of the Simplified Manual? I can't seem to find the phrase itself anywhere.
      Also, there are many posts on this site referring to the Functional Method, Speedbuilding etc. What I think I am looking for is a book with more examples of the principles and rules. I read with great interest "A List of Changes in the New Gregg Shorthand Manual", page 33, where the examples given for the abbreviating principle are different from the ones given in paragraphs 363 and 370 in the Manual. Is there anything that specifically expands upon the material in the Manual? Thanks again.

    2. You're welcome. I don't have the Simplified Manual in front of me (I'm traveling), so can you state paragraph 390?

      For more vocabulary/phrase examples, you should get the "Most-Used Shorthand Words and Phrases; Classified According to the Lessons in the Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified", by Gregg, Leslie, and Zoubek, published in 1949. It is a great book that supplements the vocabulary presented in the manual and is correlated with the lessons. It is right now on eBay, selling for $5.99.

    3. Paragraph 390: "Omission of words in phrases. It is often possible to omit one or more unimportant words in a shorthand phrase….." I've just noticed "at a loss" (written: tlos) given as an example in this paragraph, which answers my question really!

      Have ordered "Most-Used Shorthand Words and Phrases; Classified According to the Lessons in the Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified". Thanks for the advice.

    4. You're welcome! Yes, that's the principle: omit unnecessary words.

      Speaking of "at a loss", the first reading assignment of Functional Method Dictation (in Anniversary) starts as follows: "Dear Sir: I am sorry to say that I am at a loss to know what to suggest in the matter referred to in your letter." In that segment alone, there are 12 outlines: 8 are phrases and 4 are standalone words. (The same would apply if the passage is written in Simplified.) If that doesn't open anyone's eyes as to the importance of phrases when learned well, I don't know what will.

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