Did not?

Hi everyone,

Although I have been actively using Gregg in school for my notes, I admit to not having done formal practice in a few weeks. This has had a profound effect on my speed and penmanship, which are deteriorating quite rapidly. So a couple days ago I thought it would be a good time to restart completely from scratch. Going through the manual again makes me realise how much I actually know – and how much I’ve forgotten (I’ve been writing completely incorrect outlines for 6 weeks now!).
Anyway, I’m at around Unit 12 of the Anniversary manual and I saw the outline for ‘did not’ as did-e-n. If did=did and n=not, then shouldn’t ‘did not’ be did-n? Reading the ‘Don’t?’ post, you guys said that there are two different outlines for ‘do not’ and ‘don’t’. Is this a similar case? But if that is true, then wouldn’t did-e-n be didn’t?
Nevertheless, really enjoying a Saturday morning doing Gregg and drinking some Earl Grey (overly sweetened in my case!).
Your little internet friend,

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  1. What Librum said. When you're writing quickly, sometimes the proportions can get away from you a bit. Since 'did not' and 'would not' could both work in context, you want a way to be sure which it is.

  2. Oh, so did-e-n is both 'didn't' and 'did not', and I should not do did-n (which I've been doing for a long time!). I guess that makes sense. I'm not very good at distinguishing long strokes from medium strokes, so it's probably a good thing that I learnt this. Thanks a lot to both of you for clearing that up.

  3. I guess I'll try to stick to the Anniversary one, even though I always use lined paper. Proportion is probably my biggest problem 🙂 Maybe one day I'll look at other series. I just tried to read a pre-Anni text, lots of prefixes and suffixes I don't know, but it's probably just because I haven't been practicing!

    Am focusing on English Gregg this summer. It's a lot easier than French, and I signed up for one of my subjects to be in English next year, so now I actually have a use for it. Using French Gregg, I've grown to hate the letter 'l'… English just looks nicer.

  4. Did not is det blend-e-n, didn't is det blend-nt blend.

    Now, a little bit of history. As Librum pointed out, the e was added to "did not" in Anniversary to make it distinct from "would not." In all other series, "did not" is just det blend-n. On lined paper, it is very easy to distinguish between a d and a det blend, so the extra circle can be considered a redundancy. But if your proportions are way off, the circle helps in transcription.

  5. If I remember correctly, early on they didn't need to distinguish between "did not" and "didn't". The final transcript was correct English, even if the speaker didn't use it. It's probably changed over the years and with jurisdiction. It's easy to make an intelligent person with an accent sound stupid by recording the accent too accurately.

  6. Actually, my initial reaction to the blend was acceptance as I realized the "e" eased the flow of the pen. Without it I would've had to stop almost completely at the end of the "td" blend and then form an awkward angle at the "n". I believe the inclusion of "e" was mainly to allow us a fast easy stroke.

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