The Word “Finance”

Good evening everyone 🙂

I am studying tonight and I am a little perplexed with something.

How come the word “finance” is not written with the broken circle (like in the word “file” for example)? I even double-checked the outline in my Simplified dictionary.

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  1. Two reasons:

    1. Check Merriam-Webster for the preferred pronunciation

    2. There's an unwritten rule that says that in the case of competing outlines. the simplest one (without the broken circle) is chosen.

    1. If a word has two or more different pronunciations, like "finance", the word could be written in different ways depending on the vowel sound. Since each word can only have one official way of writing (the outline), we choose the one that is easiest to write.

    1. Gregg himself said that if you can read it, then it's the right way. (One of his top aides noticed that he wrote some words in several different ways. His reply: "You can read it, can't you?")

      Write a word the way that works for you, without hesitation or confusion, is not the same as inventing words before you understand the entire system. Many letters have more than one meaning (see the recent post about Alphabet Charts). There's also the abbreviating principle and brief forms and phrases.

      I think my next push will follow Paul's method: Drop the pen and speed goals. Read the book, possibly tracing outlines with my finger, and aim for a high reading speed.

  2. I guess that does make sense regarding what Gregg said, "you can read it, can't you?" Because if I was taking dictation (which I haven't done as of right now) my initial way of writing the word Finance would be with using the long I broken stroke (as in File). That is what immediately comes to my mind when I hear it. I guess depending on what part of the country you live that this word could be pronounced differently depending on which syllable is stressed: f-EYE-nance or fa-NANCE (I just made up those ways of writing the two pronunciations – LOLOL

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