Not that 'nearer than' is a somewhat irregular form. However it can be learned easily. Reread these at the end of your 'class'.
Homework: Spend a few minutes every study period on the drills at the end of the book. Read through the assignment. Write the assignment. Take any recorded dictation of this assignment and if you have time, previous assignments. Transcribe shorthand (from the book, your notes, any dictation you took).
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922