A Couple of Questions

Hi everyone,

I’m progressing through the French Gregg adaptation by R. J. Sénécal and have a couple of questions. They are pretty elementary, but they have been bugging me for a while. I hope my questions will also help others who are starting Gregg too. I’ll try to organise this post as best I can.
How do you write (t,d) immediately after (r,l) without making it look like a (nt,mt)? I’ve taken to just omitting it if it’s an r, but when it’s an l I try to keep it and it’s ugly.
Second, what is the world is this funny loop thingy? I don’t know how to describe it, and I don’t know how to post pictures properly, but it’s on page 94 of the French book; the 3rd and 4th words on line 1 (agréable, agrément). For those of you who know Teeline, it’s sort of like an F, and I guess in Gregg it’s supposed to be AG, but does anyone know the principle behind it?
Those are the only ones I can think of for now, but there are still a couple of things I’m a little unsure about, like the reversal of circles and stuff like that, but I’ll start with those for now before this post gets out of hand!
Happy Easter Monday,

(by Sirius for group greggshorthand)

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  1. Thanks for the info on the ld blend. I didn't know there was one. I'll work on reversing my circles to get the rd and rt in order. I looked salt up in the dictionary, and the shallow angle is exactly what I didn't like, but at least the three other combinations are now sorted out.

    The principle behind aggr- still seems weird to me, but at least I now know what it is!

  2. "Funny loop thingy" is a pretty fair description of the agr-/aggr- prefix. 'A' at the shallow end of a curve gets squashed into a loop. It feels weird at first to write it that way when you aren't writing the curve after it, but eventually it gets to be habit.

    I find it helps to make sure the curve at the start of an 'LD' is deep enough; it keeps me from turning up the end too soon.

  3. As to your first question, the only odd combination you have there will be "l" followed by "t", which is not blended and would be written in full (as in the word "salt"). If you are talking about the "ld" blend, it is just an "l" with the end raised upwards. The "nd" and "md" are distinct from "ld" because with the "nd" and "md" you swing up right away: to the middle of the space with the "nd" and to the top line with the "md." With the ld, you write the "l" first and then you swing it up slightly. The combinations with r (rt and rd) are written with the reverse circle, so this does not apply.

    About the loop for "aggr-" think of it this way: if you were to write the word "agree" in full (a-g-r-e), the large circle takes the form of a loop.

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