14 February 2017

Stroke order for a, h

In which order are we supposed to write the leading h in head and the leading a in ahead and away? Do we write the a and h first, followed by the rest of the word? When the h is in the middle of a word, we have to write it at end.

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  1. I believe you write the shorthand symbols in the order they are sounded, except where that's impossible (such as an h or w in the middle of a word).

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    1. Correct. H dot before anything else if at tbe beginning of a word. In the middle, it's at the end.

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  2. What about phrases such as you had? There are two dots which you could write before the rest of the word. Do you write one dot at the beginning and the second dot after the rest of the word?

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  3. Are you referring to "who had"? I would just go ahead and write both at the start.

    By the way, you might like to peruse the thread on the omission of the h-dot: https://greggshorthand.blogspot.com/2012/03/omission-of-h.html

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  4. Similar to who had, but which would seemingly fit under the rule Carlos stated, are:

    - you had
    - he had
    - on hand
    - to handle

    For the latter two I find it makes sense to write the h dot at the end, but for ``you had'' and ``he had'' it's so close to the beginning that it feels almost like a shame to write it after, sort of like the second h dot in ``who had''.

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    1. Simple rule: if the h is sounded first, write it first. Actually, I think this is splitting hairs a little. As long as you can write the dot consistently and establish a rhythm that would allow you to write it quickly, it really doesn't matter much.

      (Actually, I omit the h dot in a lot of words in regular writing!)

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