I had

Reading Carlos’ transcription (Anniversary) of Santa’s letter, and seeing “I had” written as [1] made me think of the various similar forms: I had, he had, we had, they had (also you had, & who had).

1,2,3,4,5,&6 are consistent, however the manual (paragraph 148 in my ©1930 copy) show us 7,8,9,&10 (I had, we had, they had, we had) which seem a bit weird.

I use the 7-10 forms even though the small ‘e’ circle looks more of a blotch when I write it. Using 1-4 means you have to write the h dot not in the order of pronunciation.

The manual shows two forms for ‘we had’ ([2] and [8]) — I do not like to have alternatives for things, and I can’t think of a reason for choosing to write one form rather than the other.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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  1. First, thanks for catching this  — I sometimes make mistakes, :-). I corrected it.

    The rule is basically to break the circle for “I had”, “we had”, “they had”, and “she had”, and use the dot for “he had”; more than likely because it is faster to break the circle and write the “d” (you can do it without lifting the pen) than to write a circle, a “d”, and then stop for a dot. For “he had”, it would not be as legible to use the broken circle because it is a small circle, so they chose to use the dot in that case (since “he” is written without the dot). So in your chart, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 are written according to theory.

    On your last question, did you mean “he had” or “we had”?

    1. Sorry. Yes, I meant he had. And thanks for the clarifications. (Interesting point about the consequence of the lack of the dot in “he”.)

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