Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Short Letters 11

Dear Sirs, Thank you for your communication enclosing the interim* report on the building work which is currently in progress at our offices in City Road. I have passed this to our accountants who will be contacting you next week* regarding the revised final cost of the project. We expected* this to be higher than first quoted, due to the additional repair work that became necessary, but there are a few things which we would like to clarify with you, and we will be emailing you shortly with a list of points on which we require further information* . Please thank your Service Manager for his excellent work in dealing with the unexpected extra repairs that were needed and for fitting these into the schedule, so as not to cause a delay in the final completion date. Please note I shall be out of the office until Thursday of next week. (150 words)

* "interim" Does not use doubling which would not allow the M to join

* Omission phrases "ne(k)s(t w)eek" "further (informa)tion)

* "expected" Optional short dash through the stroke to signify past tense in a short form or contraction, only use where necessary and where there is no other way of showing it

Dear Mary, Thank you so much* for your email regarding the query that I made last week* on the purchase order for the fabrics. I was not sure whether you would be able to change my order at such a late date, and so I was very pleased that this was after all possible to do. We are very excited about getting all these new materials and I think our customers will be very well* satisfied with both the variety on offer and the reasonable prices. I will be showcasing them at the sewing exhibition in Newtown next month* and I hope* to be able to send in orders for more in due course. At present I am making up sample items for the exhibition and I am really looking forward* to meeting new and old friends there, who I am sure will find these new fabrics irresistible. Best wishes. (150 words)

* "so much" Writing "much" in full allows the phrase to be formed

* Omission phrases "las(t w)eek" "very (w)ell" "ne(k)s(t mon)th" "I (h)ope" "looking fo(r)ward"

Dear Mr Black, Please find enclosed our latest price sheet for building materials and tools. I would like to say how much* we appreciate your continued custom over the years at the Lower Road  Depot. I am glad that you have found our products to be of good quality. We are having a special spring sale next month* and, as a valued long-term customer, please accept the enclosed discount voucher which can be used as from the first of next month* , which is when the sale begins. If you find that you need anything that we do not currently stock, we are always happy to order items for you at no extra cost, and we can usually get them within two or three* days of receiving your order, and can deliver to our customers free of charge* within an approximate 20 mile radius of our premises. Yours sincerely,* Service Manager (150 words)

* "how much" Writing "much" in full allows the phrase to be formed

* Omission phrases "ne(k)s(t mon)th" "two (or) three" "free (of) ch(arge)"
"Yours si(n)cerely"

Dear Mrs White, Thank you for coming to the interview last week* for the post of Accounts Assistant. I am writing to offer you this post which is based at our head office in North Street. This will be for a probationary period of six months* , after which there will be a review on both sides, and then hopefully continuing for a further five-year contract. I attach a sheet giving details of the salary, pension package and other benefits, as well as a leaflet outlining the facilities that we are able to offer all of our staff.  We also have an arrangement with our local gym and fitness centre, and a nearby hairdresser, for discounted terms for our staff which I hope* will be of interest to you. Please report to the reception desk at 9 am on Monday 1 March and bring all your documents with you. Yours sincerely.* (150 words)

* Omission phrases "las(t w)eek" "six (mon)ths" "I (h)ope" "Yours si(n)cerely"

Dear Parents, I am writing to let you know of some of the events that we have planned for this spring and summer, which are listed on the enclosed flyer. The outings to special places of interest last year were very well* attended and so this year we have increased the variety we are offering. We will also be welcoming several service agencies to talk to the youngsters, and I am sure the visit by the fire department, with their new hi-tech engine, will be a big hit with the children. Our regular entertainer Mr Bubbles has several new acts aimed at younger children, with a new range of attractive puppets and other props, so we all look forward to seeing him at several of the events. Please remember to book early for the trips, and we hope* that we will be meeting many of you at the Club events. (150 words) (Total 750 words)

* Omission phrase "very (w)ell" "we (h)ope"

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Be A Dinosaur

I am sure you have heard or read at some time that shorthand has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Once upon a time shorthand writers roamed the Earth in great numbers, in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Some were specialists* with a narrow field of activity, and some were omnivores, able to deal with anything they came across, quickly and easily. Then the meteoric burst of technology that hit the planet in the mid twentieth century changed their world beyond recognition, although it did not wipe them out completely. Much to the surprise of those who thought that we only have a monoculture of technological solutions, the shorthand dinosaurs are still with us, although somewhat reduced in numbers and distribution, but definitely surviving in a modified form, taking their* place amongst all the other species, filling specific niches that no other life form can.

* "specialist" Note also "specialised" which should always have its diphthong sign

* "taking their" Doubling for "their"

I will assume that, as you are reading this, you are one of the flourishing  modern shorthand dinosaurs, gaining your muscle power, teeth and endurance capabilities through intensive study and achievement, and going on to chomp your way through the job jungle, wading through raging torrents of spoken words, and generally behaving in an independent and pioneering manner, in order to* support yourself and your hatchlings back at the nest. The way in which you handle shorthand will determine which dinosaur you are.

* Omission phrase "in ord(er to)"

A few days ago I was in the Natural History Museum in central London and walked around the dinosaur section. Many of the fossil skeletons are on perspex shelves suspended from the ceiling, with smaller items in cases and displays on stands at floor level. I heard a man behind me say to his children, “Look, there’s* Steggy!” I glanced up and saw the fossil of a Stegosaurus on a shelf. Good old Steggy was apparently the one with the least intelligence, with a 75 gram brain only 3 centimetres long, the size of a ping-pong ball, in a body the size of a double decker bus. You don’t want to be Steggy during a lesson, a dictation, or a reporting assignment*, but its slow and ponderous manner would be useful when faced with shorthand nay-sayers, confounding them by continuing unwaveringly with its chosen activity. This creature has just enough brain power to remind shorthand writers to insert the vowel after the Ray, as dinosaur names are often also spoken without the ending and you need to differentiate between Stegosaurus and the plural Stegosaurs.

* "there's" Apostrophied phrases are always written as full outlines and fully vocalised, and not using short forms

* "assignment" Contraction that omits the first N

Natural History Museum, Kensington, London

Learning and feeding on great quantities of outlines come before speed, so of course we all need to be like the voracious and rapacious Tyrannosaurus. The idea is to consume as much as possible*, as fast as it can be digested, and grow as large as possible*, building up big strong bones, massive muscles and a useful array of steak knife teeth in the jaws with which to despatch and carve up the material on offer. It has been called a killing machine, but with its great bulk it is quite likely that it ambushed its prey, especially picking off the slow, weak or injured, and never passing up an opportunity to scavenge from the kills made by other predators. All we have now is its descendant, the humble pigeon, no teeth but the same watchful beady eyes looking for opportunities and the same appetite for handouts.

* Omission phrase "as much as poss(ible)"

* "as large as possible" Always write separate outlines for this phrase, otherwise it would be misread as the above "as much as possible"

Prehistoric encounter not far from the Museum

My favourite* shorthand dinosaur is the Velociraptor which means “fast snatcher”. We still have raptors in the form of eagles, and the velocity part can be seen in the high speed running of ostriches. Velociraptor was variable in size, feathered and may have hunted in packs. It was brainy, quick-witted and agile. One of its foot claws was extra large and retractable during running. It may have been used to slash and tear at its prey, or possibly just hold it down like eagles do. As shorthand Velociraptors, we are preparing ourselves to be equally agile, both in brain and limb, to keep up with and overtake the prey that is always just ahead of us, while we are snapping at its heels.

* "favourite" Compare with "favoured" which has a left VR

* Omission phrase "in the f(orm of)"

At some point, the shorthand dinosaur will have to sit down and type out its report. This job obviously belongs to Diplodocus, dipping into the keyboard and plodding along, taking great care to get everything right first time, as far as possible*, and not giving in to pressures for speed at the expense of accuracy and clarity. Its flat peg-like teeth nip off just one leaf at a time, sending it down that long neck to join the slow processing and assimilation of the spelling, grammar, punctuation, context* and layout. In the UK we have our very own Dippy (the cast of a Diplodocus fossil) which is currently touring Britain, after spending just over a hundred years in the central entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London.

* Omission phrase "as far as poss(ible)"

* "context" Never use proximity for the "con" in this word, as "text" would also make sense

However well you have learned shorthand, you will eventually be faced with some long and totally unknown words, ones that you could never have imagined you would need to know, and sometimes not in the shorthand dictionary. Then you need to readjust* your mind to just representing the sounds, writing each syllable separately if necessary. I have invited in some more fellow dinosaurs for this purpose* and some of them also have the important job of helping you to practise the diphones. They are Brachiosaurus, Pleiosaurus, Plesiosaurus*, Noasaurus, Baryonyx and Eoraptor. Our two friends Triceratops and Diceratops want you to be careful about forming a clear initial hook so as to distinguish between them*. Psittacosaurus would like to remind you not to be misled by the spelling when forming its outline. Stegoceras has requested that you put in the last two vowels, as it is an entirely different creature from Stegosaurus.

* "readjust" Insert the diphone, so it is not misread as "register"

* Omission phrases "for this pu(r)pose"  "betwee(n) them"

* "Plesiosaurus" Not using Ses Circle, in order to be able to vocalise clearly, and it would also look too much like "Pleiosaurus"

Psittacosaurus snoozing - the model fidgets every so often, to the surprise and delight of the onlookers

Here are a few more to get your teeth into: Deinonychus, Gallimimus, Harpymimus, Dromiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Spinosaurus and Tarbosaurus. The sea was ruled by the Mosasaur which could grow to 17 metres (56 feet) and the Megalodon (giant tooth) a 20 metre (65 foot*) shark three times longer than our Great White. I hope this has got you into the mode of attacking a word by breaking it up, rather than hesitating over what the best outline might be. The advantage of breaking up an outline is that each part can be written in position, giving you more vowel indication to help with reading back. You will have written “something for everything” and you can mull over and correct your attempts afterwards.

* "65 foot" Insert the vowel. "Foot" is used when adjectival, and "feet" when stating a simple length.

Dinosaurs can also help you with practising writing numbers. The biggest, longest* and heaviest dinosaur was Argentinosaurus at 40 metres ( 130 feet) long, 20 metres (65 feet) high and weighing 77 tonnes. The smallest was Microraptor at 40 centimetres (16 inches) long. We have already met the most dim-witted, Stegosaurus with its walnut-sized brain, but it could also be Plateosaurus* which had the smallest brain compared to its body size. The smartest was Troodon, the size of a man, with grasping claws and a brain the size of an avocado pit. I am glad you have a better and larger brain than Troodon because you now have to write the longest* dinosaur name, Micropachycephalosaurus, meaning tiny thick-headed lizard. Sir Richard Owen coined the term dinosaur, and the first one to  be named was the Megalosaurus, given in 1824 by Reverend* William Buckland. This “great lizard” was 9 metres (30 feet) long and 3 metres (10 feet) tall, just your average small monster really, after you have met the first one described above.

* "longest" Alternative outline that omits the G stroke

* "Plateosaurus" Must have a full P, not halved, in order to be able to vocalise fully

* "Reverend" This unvocalised outline is a contraction for "Reverend", vocalise if the speaker actually says "Rev"


I have just one more shorthand dinosaur to consider*, the delightful Archaeopteryx which means “ancient wing”. This is the proto-bird whose fossils have been found with imprints of feathers all around the body. We must not* forget the Pterosaurs, which are not dinosaurs but flying reptiles, filling the skies during the same period that the land was dominated by the dinosaurs. The only shorthand reference that these two can provide is how the student feels when the pass slip and certificate arrive, resulting in walking on air and the expectation that future achievements and opportunities will see them soaring into the blue yonder.

* Omission phrases "to (con)sider"  "mus(t) not"

We have 10,000 species of bird today, but only 800 dinosaurs that have been named, so there must be* many more waiting to be discovered. Their long reign of hundreds of millions of years ought to mean that the word dinosaur is a byword for success. The mass extinction of 65 million years ago all but wiped out both the successful and those already in decline for other reasons. I am glad we still have some of them with us, reduced to a manageable and less threatening size as birds, with all their beautiful plumage and song, as well as the less cuddly crocodiles and lizards. They are all perfectly capable of taking over once again*, just as soon as they see us slipping into complacency during our time of rule on Earth.

* Omission phrases "there mus(t) be"  "wun(s) again"

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Road Trip

Last weekend I did some longer* distance car travelling, as a comfortable passenger with nothing to do but view the passing scenery, in between our conversations. If I relive the journey, in general terms, you can get lots* of road travel vocabulary under your belt and the next time you find yourself as a passenger, you can visualise the shorthand for everything you see as the vehicle proceeds along its route*.

* "longer" Ensure the doubling is clear, as "long" would also make sense here

* "lots" Insert the vowel, and the dot in "masses", as these are similar in outline and meaning

* "route" Helpful to insert the vowel, as this is similar to "road" if not clearly written in position

My friend’s car drew up outside my house, parking in the road next to my driveway. I checked that I had all my bags with me, fastened my seatbelt and was ready to start our trip which we estimated would take just under two hours. The satnav was in place, and we were able to track our journey from home to the destination* city. My road is residential, but within a few minutes, we were on the main road amidst the morning traffic. We had expected to see the cars end to end, as that road is usually very busy at the weekend, but all was reasonably clear at that point. We passed several sets of traffic lights, with their red, amber and green lights, as well as the green arrow filter lights for cars that are turning off the main road.

* "destination" Note this does not use the Stee loop, to prevent it looking similar to "distinction"

We exited the roundabout, which is underneath a large flyover, and eventually joined the motorway, then another even larger roundabout and another motorway that leads to the river crossing at Dartford. We had to go through the tunnel under the river. There were* notices everywhere about paying the crossing charge. Everyone’s car number plate is captured by surveillance cameras and you have to pay by midnight the next day. This is much better than the toll booths that used to be* here, where every car and truck had to stop, pay the operative, wait for the barrier to rise, and drive off. There were* lots of pay points under that system, but it must have been* a bit of a scrum in rush hour, the vehicles fanning out to the row of booths and then converging into the lanes on the other side* . Two and a half* minutes through the tunnel brought us out into Essex.

* Omission phrases "there (w)ere" "use(d to) be" "mus(t have) been" "on the oth(er) side". Note also the similar "there (have) been"

The north side of the Thames at this location is an entirely industrialised landscape* , with huge factories and warehouses, the best place for them really, along the river which is opening out to estuary and its marshy* land. Much as I enjoy scenic countryside, for a longer journey I prefer to be on the motorway to shorten the journey time. However, we were soon travelling through the green countryside, with fields, villages and towns whizzing past on either side*. The motorway signboards giving town names, distances and directions are all the same, blue with white lettering. Sometimes there are overhead gantries with lighted displays on them, giving instructions or information such as delays, traffic jams, roadworks, temporary speed restrictions or weather warnings.

* "landscape" It is the L that is in position, it does not matter where the P stroke finishes

* "marshy" Essential to insert final dot vowel, as "marsh land" would also make sense

* "on either side" Diphthong signs are shown here for learning purposes, but you don't need to insert them, it is readable without, unless the phrase is not well written. Do not confuse this phrase with "on the oth(er) side" which omits the R hook.

Two-thirds of the way through our journey, we came to an extensive area of road building, with great swathes of countryside on each side being prepared and reshaped for new motorway roads. We were surrounded by churned* up mud, criss-crossed with tractor and digger tracks, muddy puddles, piles of earth, sand and gravel, and wooden markers and cones everywhere. The two halves of an uncompleted flyover approach, standing entirely on their own amidst the apparent chaos, made it obvious that this is not disorder but the unfolding of a grand plan for an interchange and all the looping slip roads that accompany it.

* "churned" Keep the Chay slope clear, so it does not look like "turned" which has a similar meaning

The motorway we were on was once like that, green fields replaced by concrete and tarmac. Once the  concreting work is finished, the surfaces will be marked up with solid and dotted lines, chevrons, arrows, letters and numbers. Signs will sprout everywhere directing the vehicles, and advising or prohibiting certain actions. Continuous roadside barriers will be erected to keep errant cars out of the ditch. The bare soil will be smoothly re-landscaped and grassed over. Very soon this will be covered in sapling trees, and little shrubs each growing up a protective tube, eventually emerging from the top, above rabbit nibble height, to cover and stabilise the slopes. In summer the edges and verges will be carpeted in tall grasses and occasionally brambles doing their best to advance towards the road. Near the end of our journey, on a smaller road, we saw the result of such encroachment by brambles and hedges, namely a digger with a branch snipping tool instead of a bucket at its end, and men in high vis jackets wielding chainsaws, trimming back the overgrowth.

I am glad to say we did not have any police cars chasing or ambulances passing us en route to an accident* or incident* , although we did pass one police car pulled up behind a motorist. In this country the sound of the siren will always result in drivers slowing down, and even pulling in to the verge or a side road, to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. Motorists at traffic lights know the vehicle is likely to drive round the traffic islands, taking any route that gets it through the bottleneck. Drivers will squeeze themselves to the side, go up kerbs and do their best to create room, and I often wonder if this custom is peculiar to this country or if it is the norm in other countries as well.

* "accident"  "incident" Keep the first stroke clearly straight/curved and insert first vowel to help, as they are similar in meaning

I like to observe the drivers in passing cars. A very expensive looking car might have a  very scruffy and dishevelled driver, and a rusty* old banger* might be driven by someone in a smart suit. Some are packed with holiday bags and luggage that obscure the rear view. Some have wobbling bikes lashed upside down to the roof rack or a trailer that weaves and bumps along behind.  Some drivers are busy looking at their phones, eating, drinking, talking and turning their heads towards their passenger, or apparently singing along to music. I am glad to say that most are just staring ahead, staying* out of trouble and intent on getting to their destination in one piece. There is no longer the supposed “freedom of the open road”, as it was described in the early days of  motor travel. Now we have strict speed limits, information and warning signs everywhere, speed cameras and officers with laser beam speed guns doing random checks on passing cars. I did read once of someone standing at the roadside holding up a similar-looking hair dryer, which had the desired effect of slowing the motorists down, in order to* reduce the fast traffic through their narrow village high street.

* "rusty" Insert the final vowel, so it does not look like "rusted"

* "banger" Note the R Hook is not used, as that would be "banker". A banger is slang for an old noisy car

* "staying" No diphone, as the I of the "ing" is included in the Ing Dot

* Omission phrase "in ord(er to)"

If I ever felt like flying to my destination, I think the satnav can do that for me as well, with its aerial view of our progress and all the buildings in simplified three-dimensional format* . That type of display is great entertainment for the passenger to gaze at, when the scenery gets less interesting, but probably not a good idea for the driver to get too involved with for longer than a second or two, to confirm their whereabouts and the features that are coming up, such as slip roads, junctions and roundabouts. In the past  I would sit with the half folded Ordnance Survey map on my lap, following our progress from London to Cornwall, and telling the driver what is coming up next.

* "format" Insert the second vowel, as it is similar to "form" in outline and meaning

We reached our destination in the time expected, and parked up next to the steel bollards in the car parking area on the forecourt. Our return journey, which started with a different route, was equally uneventful, apart from a time of delay and slow travelling due to road works. There was far less scenery to watch for most of the time, as the mizzly* rain produced a mist that covered the countryside and the winter darkness slowly faded out the views. The road ahead going uphill was a long snake of the misty white shapes of oncoming headlamps, and the yellowy* orange rear lights on our side. We came back over the QE2* Bridge, with both riverbanks lit up and long streaks of reflections on the river itself. The London traffic grew denser and the cars more closely packed. The road and place names became more familiar and finally we pulled up outside my house, a round trip of about 250 miles. (1401 words)

* "mizzly" Insert the last vowel, as "mizzle rain" could also make sense

* "yellowy" Insert the diphone, as "yellow-orange" would also make sense

* "QE2" The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, it is generally clearer to use lower case longhand and numerals rather than attempt an outline

Monday, 15 January 2018

Simple Phrases 2

In the following phrases, some have to be distinguished by adjusting the position of the phrase, and some by writing in the vowels. It is advisable to always vocalise “no” as quite often it will be necessary and you don’t have time to stop and consider. “Any” can have a final dot to help with reading back, although the short form has no vowel sign. Sometimes you have to insert a vowel when an outline becomes out of position because it is in the middle or end of the phrase. “Those” and “these” do not always need a vowel when phrased, but it is a good habit to put it in these two if there is time to do so, and in some phrases it is essential. To help differentiate between “may/might, can/could, know/note,” the halved outline should remain unphrased, and the diphthong inserted in “might” if there is time. The exception is “could not”, because the outline for “cannot” is entirely different. You cannot emphasise the difference between “know” and “note” with a vowel, so the latter should be left unphrased. It helps to make the halved “might” and “note” more cupped, rather than just being a half size version of the full stroke. The difference between full and half-length strokes can become unclear at speed, as does the exact position of the outlines.

Outlines where the vowel is essential within that phrase are underlined. I suggest you do extra practice on those ones, varying the sentences with your own vocabulary, as they can be traps for the unwary, leading to transcription*errors that can go unnoticed. For example, knowing* someone’s address and actually noting* it are very different things. "May" and "might" are often interchangeable, but there are times when their different nuances* are important, and in any case, it is up to the speaker to decide which word they want in the sentence, not the shorthand writer. When I visit the Queen I might possibly try on her crown, but unless I have been told I may (I have permission), I might end up in the Tower of London!

* "transcription" Note that "transcribe" and derivatives omit the second R, to distinguish from "describe" etc

* "knowing, noting" With the Ing present, you can distinguish by the vowel sign

* "nuances" Anglicised pronunciation, the dictionary gives a French pronunciation

Prisoners at the Tower of London getting their chilly daily exercise in December

I have worked in those offices but now I work in this department.

We have worked for many years in these premises and are happy to stay in this town.

I have spoken with those people who say they are quite pleased with this revised plan.

I shall be visiting with these people and taking photos* of them with this camera.

I am a friend of those ladies who are all members of this club.

I have made a list of these items and will make a note of this in my report.

* "photos" Insert a vowel, as it is similar to "videos" which would also make sense in most contexts

I do not have any news for those people but only a letter for this one person.

I will pay you for these items on Friday but I will pay for this now.

I am going to those departments tomorrow so that I can add more details to this report.

I will send the parcels to these families and hope that they will reply to this office.

In those days the people were living in small towns and villages.

In this day and age people prefer to live in the larger towns where they can find work.

It is clear that in these days there are greater work opportunities in the city than in the country.

I do not have any doubt about this person’s ability to do the job and their skill is not in doubt.

I wish to be informed if there is any doubt about their willingness to pay for this.

His character is not in doubt and there is no doubt that he is an honest person.

No doubt they will wish to visit the office and we will be left in no doubt as to their confidence in us.

I do not have any more time to do this assignment, and I have no more paper left to write on.

I wish to be told when there is any more money available in the account for this work.

I wish to be told when there is no more money in the bank to pay for this work.

There is no more that I can do for them at this time and I will not answer any more questions.

If there is any more trouble, I will be sending them no more financial help.

If there is no more trouble, I will feel more inclined to help them.

I am wondering if they are any more trouble than we first thought.

I am wondering if they are in more trouble than we first thought.

You may come to the office tomorrow and you might get to see the boss*.

I think you may have a problem with the work and you might wish you had never started it.

We think you may be in need of some extra supplies and you might wish to come and see us.

I think you might find it necessary to write to them and you may have to visit as well.

I think you might be interested in these products and you may wish to take advantage* of our sale.

They may have some things that we need and they might be open by the time we arrive.

She may have been successful in getting the tickets and she might even have enough for all of us.

He may have gone home another way but I think he might have become lost in the woods.

We may come by the office on Thursday and we might have the report finished by then.

* "boss" Vowel essential, so it is not misread as "boys"

* "take advantage" These can be phrased if on the line, but here it would descend too far

We can send you a copy of the notes but we cannot bring them in person.

We can find someone to do the work for you but we could not be responsible for the cost.

We can have a party at our house and there is a chance we could have a discoas well.

Can we have* some tea and cake after the meeting, as we could have some visitors staying late.

Could we have* some idea of when they will be coming and can we have their names in a list.

I can say with confidence that this person will go far in this new company.

I could say that Mr Smith is too old for this job, but you will have to decide when you see him.

I could not imagine that he would be unwilling, and I cannot see him turning down the offer.

We can see that there will be many more annoying problems with the new installation.

We could see a crowd of people in the yard and thought they could cause an obstruction.

We could have danced all night but we knew we could have difficulty rising early next day.

* "disco" Note that the dot remains with the D, as there is a circle S between it and the next stroke

"Can we have" "Could we have" These sentences are a polite way of giving an order, rather than asking a question, hence no question mark at the end

We know that you are doing well in your career and we note that you are now with Browns.

We know that you have been unwell  and we note with regret that you are leaving us.

I know this is a great opportunity and I know I will make a success of it.

I note that you have sent me a second report and I know this will have taken up more of your time.

I do not know of anyone who can do the job better and I do not know anyone who works harder.

There is no-one better qualified to do this task and no-one will do it better than you.

They will know what to do in these circumstances and I am sure they will note who has behaved the best.

We did not* note his name at the time and we do not know how to find out afterwards.

I note that you are studying shorthand and I know that you will get to your goal in the end.

You will know what is necessary to achieve that as you always note every new word and practise it. (1326 words)

* "We did not" Avoid phrasing this one. If phrased, it would be "we do not" and if phrased with a vowel also added, it would be "we didn't". So not phrasing fully  is the only way to write it clearly. You could also write "we did" phrased and the "not" separately.