# Both sides X
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This lesson covers how you write the initial and final X on the steno machine.
# Left side X
Left side X is given by the outline
KP. Words in English don't start with an "x" sound, so this outline is used mainly for words that start in "ex" like "expect".
Here are several words that start with "x":
The rest of the strokes start with
KP for "ex":
There are also these notable examples of words that contain an "x" near the beginning:
# Right side X
Right side X is given by the outline
BGS, which comes from
BG being "K" and "KS" having the same sound as "x" in English. The imaginary word "foks" and the word "fox" would sound the same.
TPAUBGS: faux (spelling)
# Resolving -KS and -X
You might realize at this point that "ks" words like "tacks" are homophones to "x" words like "tax". In order to resolve this, you can use
BGZ instead of
BGS to pluralize "-k" words. Because
BGZ might be a little tough to finger, you can also pluralize with a separate stroke, writing
TABG -S instead of
TABG -S: tacks
TABG -Z: tacks
|KP*ES||excess||The asterisk is used on the less common word in the conflict between "access" and "excess"|
|TRAEBGS||extra||tra-ex, inversion of "ex-tra"|
# 1. Translate
Write the English sentence represented by these outlines, including punctuation.
# 2. Find outlines
Find steno outlines that will write these English sentences, including punctuation.
- Let me give you an example you can see.
- I want more practice than you wrote.
- You should practice with the exercise part of the text.
- Open access is important to consider before throwing an event.
- Do not go in excess of limits set for good reason.
- I will examine the paper tomorrow.
- Did you get the x-ray back?
- If the shares drop more the exec will exit the company for sure.
- The examiner will be with you in a sec.
- This has been a terrible day, what could happen next?
- I would go except I hate that man.
- I would charge extra but you are exempt from this tax.