Help with Sentence?

Hi guys,

I’m trying to work my way through the Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified and have come across a sentence that I need help on. I get the second half but not the beginning. Could anyone help me figure it out? It’s number five.

I think this shows what I’m really frustrated about, which is that the manual doesn’t have an answer key. I keep getting stuck on a sentence, getting frustrated and putting the book down. I feel like I’m not making any progress.

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  1. I would be interested to know the page number as I have Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified 1949 ed and also the 2nd edition of 1955 but I cannot find sentence "number five". Could you also say what edition of the Shorthand Manual Simplified you are using>

    1. My book is the 1960 edition on page 22. Do either of the editions you have include a key for the exercises? It is very frustrating trying to do these exercises and not being able to check my work or know if I have it correct. It is undermining my ability to learn. 

      1. Kelsey, are you in the UK? That page is from the second edition of the UK version of the Simplified manual, written by Ernest Crockett, which does not contain a key. The only manuals that have the key included with the book are the functional method manuals (Gregg Shorthand Simplified – Functional Method), either the first (1949),

        or the second edition (1955):

          1. You're welcome! Since the lessons in the UK and US manuals are for the most part correlated, and since the practice material is different between the books, you can still use the UK manual for additional practice while having the US functional method manual as your main text.

  2. I find that it helps whenever you are stuck, if you get a spare piece of paper and write it out in longhand letters:

    "eft snos mes Jones l cansel th meting"

    then work it out like a crossword, filling in the bits that you are more sure with:

    "eft snos mes Jones will cancel the meeting"

    Now we can work backwards. Jones is a surname so "mes" must be Miss?

    "eft snos Miss Jones will cancel the meeting"

    Next, if you have an outline which can have many translations, try listing out all the possible translations:

    "eft" could be "He for it" – doesn't make sense.  "Ifed" – nope, not a word. "He fored" – not sensible. "If it" – makes sense.

    Now we should have enough to work out snos is snows, but says it was a word you still couldn't work out.

    List out all the possibilities:

    Its either a phrase or it isn't. From the rest of the sentence it would not make sense to be a phrase. Either the word is written out in full or the end is chopped off. This is Gregg Simplified, so this is unlikely.

    "Snores" – not likely

    "Snows" – very likely.

    You do need to look at the context. For example, if it is the beginning of a letter and you have: "thufule dt/d 16 Ju" then it probably is something like "Thank you for your letter dated 16 July". 



  3. I guess different people learn in different ways. I personally find Niten Ichi's method confusing. I can read the Gregg fine, because I learned the writing and spelling systems and the short forms thoroughly. But when I see the thing transcribed leter-for-letter into the Roman alphabet, I can't read it; I have to re-transcribe it in my head back into Gregg to understand it.

    1. I'm like you and it's one of the reasons I haven't learned any alphabetic shorthand systems — they look awkward to me. I rather sound the Gregg outline than write it, but to each his own.

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