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-F as -s
Special thanks to Thomas Pacheco for funding this lesson.
This lesson covers how to substitute
-F on the right hand for "s" in words like "fast", "mask", and "schism".
Because of steno order,
-S is very near the end of the layout. That means that we can't write words like "fast" because
TPATS is "fats". In order to circumvent steno order, we substitute the
-F key for the "s" sound, which might sound like someone speaking with a lisp. So to get "fast", we write
TPAFT. We do this whenever we have words ending in -sp, -sk, -sn, -ses, -st, and -sed.
Now you have learned that the
-F key is used for "f", "v", and sometimes "s". It's a pretty busy key and sometimes there are phonetic conflicts that you need to resolve. For now, look at all the ways that you can use this key:
*S for -st
Plover Theory prefers using
-FT for -st in most cases. However, there are times when you need the
-FT for something else. In these cases, we use a traditional StenEd -st which is
Most words ending in -st in Plover can be written with both
PHOEFT: most (Plover Theory)
PHO*ES: most (StenEd)
But there are a few exception that you will have to memorize:
HROFT: lot of