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con-, com-

Special thanks to Thomas Pacheco for funding this lesson.

This lesson covers how to write words with the con- and com suffixes like "control" and "compare".

When a word starts with con- or com-, there's a good chance you can write that entire sound using just K-:


  • KPAEUR: compare
  • KPHOPB: common
  • KPOUPBD: compound
  • KPWAT: combat
  • KPAOUT: compute
  • KPAOURT: computer
  • KPHAOUPB: commune
  • KPHAOUPBT: community
  • KPHRAOET: complete
  • KPHEUGS: commission
  • KPHEPBT: comment
  • KPHEUT: commit
  • KPHREBGS: complex
  • KPHAPBD: command
  • KPWAOEUPB: combine
  • KPHRAEUPBT: complaint

Out of Steno Order

This next set of entries follow a very similar pattern as above, except that the second consonant doesn't follow K- in steno order. This can be solved by "deleting" that consonant as long as the result is not a word:

  • KROL: control
  • KABGT: contact
  • KRABGT: contract
  • KEGT: context
  • KERPB: concern
  • KEURPL: confirm

Sometimes, you will need to add in an inversion to get the word you want due to a conflict. For example, KEPT is occupied by "kept", so if you want to write concept, you might consider a inversion of the S and K:

  • SKEPT: concept

Note that you still cannot write every single con- or com- word. You will learn a few more in the briefs table, but it's not until later that we learn the generic con- and com- prefixes.


Chord Translation Notes
K-R consider
K-RGS consideration
K-PB condition
T-PB continue A reminder from earlier lessons
K-FT confident
K-FD confidence
K-P company
KAEUBGT communicate The briefs for communicate and communication are a little weird but I highly recommend adopting and practicing them
KAEUBGS communication
KRAEFT contrast Because KRAFT is occupied by "craft"

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