Final-letter contractions are two-cell contractions that are formed by preceding the final letter of common letter combinations by dots 4-6, dots 5-6, or dot 6. The following is a complete list of these contractions. Note that in each column the contractions are listed alphabetically using the last letter of the letter grouping.
|Dots 4-6||Dots 5-6||Dot 6|
Dots 4-6 also form the italic sign, dots 5-6 the letter sign (both to be studied later), and dot 6 the capital sign. These composition signs nearly always appear at the beginning of a word. To avoid confusion with these composition signs, final-letter contractions are used only in the middle or at the end of a word or name. Examples:
They are also used when they appear at the beginning of a line in a divided word. Thus:
However, final-letter contractions are never used in words such as ancestor, lesson, encephalitis, fulfill, mental, and other words where the letters of the contractions occur at the beginning of the word.