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    A quick question about ATTACK KN

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    there are many words that start with KN (ie: "know", "knife")

    it feels strange to keep my three fingers on eio and then use my index on the k and then the n.

    do any of you use your index on the k and then use your middle on the n?

    or do I need more practice?

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    There is nothing wrong with using an alternative fingering if there are certain words that are uncomfortable for you to write. The best typers in the world is using exactly that tactic to get to high speeds.

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    KN is the most frequent same-finger bigram in Colemak, if you exclude pairs with punctuation. But even so, it only accounts for about 0.1% of all bigrams (source).

    Some people do develop alternative fingering for this pair, e.g. moving the hand leftward slightly and typing K with index finger, then N with middle finger. I am too lazy to learn such shenanigans, so I just type both with my index finger and accept the hit. At least the index finger is strong, which makes it not too bad.

    Last edited by stevep99 (15-May-2018 10:22:20)

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    Alternative fingering for KN will conflict with vowels E, I, O following it, eg. know, knew, knife, ... so I don't think it's worth it.  And it's relatively rare anyway.

    (kne/kno/kni are the most common trigrams starting with kn, followed by kna which would be ok, knu even worse.)

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    ghen said:

    kne/kno/kni are the most common trigrams starting with kn, followed by kna which would be ok

    Knowledge is no good - you need to get the knack!

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    stevep99 said:
    ghen said:

    kne/kno/kni are the most common trigrams starting with kn, followed by kna which would be ok

    Knowledge is no good - you need to get the knack!

    Mother knight kneads dough, and knits knickers. Knowledge, the more you know.

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    *knuckles*

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    Am I the only one around here who actually likes the "kn" standard fingering? If you think of it as a sweeping motion, it's kinda fun. :3

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    I always alt-finger KN, sliding in so the middle finger types 'n'. If I'm typing 'i' or 'o' afterwards, the hand slides back easily; if it's 'e' then I type that too in the alternative position. If I'm typing 'knee', the hand slides after the first 'e' thus avoiding a same-finger bigram too.

    It's very comfy and not hard to get used too.

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