Friday, 24 February 2017

Instructor Phrases Section 1



These sentences practise the phrases* given in Advanced Phraseography* Section 1 on page 193 of the Instructor. Despite the chapter heading, these are hardly advanced, but just normal joinings and a few omission ones. Those in Sections 2 to 7 (for which blogs will be done later) start to use the shortening devices, then progress to leaving out syllables and finally omitting whole words, so the lists are progressive. They are all line length sentences so that you can repeat each one down the notepad page, with each line getting smoother and easier than the last as your hand gets used to writing the phrases. I would suggest that you write the lines at a comfortable speed with an emphasis on neatness and an even rate of writing, and then later on put on some speed once they are familiar.

* "phrases" In another context, inserting the vowel would be advisable, as this could look like "verses"

"Phraseography" It is barely possible to show the R hook, by making the circle taller, but the outline would be recognisable anyway


I think you will find that you get your favourite phrases and use them regularly, and you can then take on more that are formed on the same principles. Hesitating while trying* to recall a phrase is counterproductive. Most phrasing consists of the small grammatical words that naturally fall into groups. Even so, if the outlines cannot be joined, then a phrase should not be forced, although an alternative form for an outline can sometimes be used to make a phrase possible. If there is* a pause in speech, then phrasing over it should be avoided, as the spaces between outlines are also an indication of how it was spoken, and this helps you to read back correctly. By the time you have worked through the entire shorthand course book, I am sure you will have a feel for good phrasing, and can resist being led astray by the temptation to use it excessively. Phrasing, like power, strength and money, makes a good servant but a bad master.

* “trying” No triphthong, as the “I” sound is included in the Dot Ing

* "If there is" You can double for "if there" but not "for there", this ensures they are never misread for each other


  • I agree with the accountants and in all probability they will be dealing with the matter tomorrow.
  • The number of returning website visitors was three times as much as were* recorded last year.
  • The reporters in this country seem to write their notes as fast as a bullet, as it were*.
  • As the matter has been resolved, I feel sure* that you will agree to continue with the work.
  • In the meantime I assume you will probably be working out the percentage of profit.
  • They will probably be happy with a per annum figure of six per cent.

* Omission phrases "as much as (w)ere"  "as it (w)ere"  "I fee(l) sure"


  • They performed* very satisfactorily in this matter and I quite agree with their methods.
  • May I take the liberty of inviting you to our meeting on this occasion to discuss the matter?
  • Notwithstanding such great difficulties on these occasions, we will seek to bring the matter to an end.
  • I am certain* that you are quite agreeable to working on the other side of* town.
  • With such good workers on either hand, we brought forward* the completion date for our plans.
  • They completed the job, notwithstanding that on that day there were* very peculiar circumstances

* "performed" It is essential here to indicate the past tense (even though many contractions give no separate form for it) as present or past would both make sense in this sentence. A short dash struck through the last stroke of a contraction (not of a normal outline) is the quickest way, or you could write the outline in full.

* "I am certain" Compare the omission phrase for "mos(t) certain" which uses Ses circle

* Omission phrase "on the oth(er) side of"  "there (w)ere"

  • We want to get good speeds but on the other hand* we don’t* want to make mistakes.
  • There were* mountains on either side of the river but by some means we reached the town.
  • We were determined to succeed in all circumstances and by and by we reached our goal.
  • By the by, did you see that news article on those who were* at the football match?
  • As we travelled through the world, we saw the problems of those who were* living in the cities.
  • We spoke to those who are living there, so that we may report on this matter.

* Omission phrase "on the oth(er h)and"  "who (w)ere"  "of those who (w)ere"

* "we don't" Essential to insert the vowel sign, as without it this would be "we do not"



  • I think it is necessary* to go there and I think that you are the one who should* do it.
  • Every circumstance is different and I am inclined to think* we must get all the facts first.
  • I am persuaded that we have acted correctly on these occasions.
  • In this respect the officer is wrong but in his own opinion he was in the right.
  • I am sending last month’s reports, as well as those which we are now considering.
  • As the matter is now closed, I am very glad to say that* I will be free tomorrow. (700 words)

* "I think it is necessary" Using halving for "it" makes a quicker phrase than the full version shown in Instructor

* "who should" Note "who" is written downwards, "should" upwards

* Omission phrase "I am (in)clined to think" Having "to" in the middle or end of a phrase is best avoided, as it looks like "of", but here it cannot be mistaken

* Omission phrase "I am very glad (to) s(ay) that"