Autocorrect fails

staeit

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I'm using an iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.1, and have tried fixing this by resetting the keyboard, but it seems to be Apple's implemented autocorrect: why, oh why, does my phone correct "so" to "do". According to Wikipedia, "do" is the 19th most commonly used word in the English language, and "so" is number 41. Why would you want to replace one with the other?

How to fix plz
 

Gav2k

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Use notes to correct it.

Type so over and over. Once you've corrected it a few time it'll remember your preference.
 

onthecouchagain

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In general, the iOS keyboard is in need of updating. It doesn't keep up with fast thumbing speeds (many many missed presses) and the auto correct can sometimes be obnoxious. Just look at the plethora of iPhone-message-fail websites out there.

And I could swear the 3GS typed and kept up better than the iPhone 4. Could be my imagination.
 

staeit

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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

Use notes to correct it.

Type so over and over. Once you've corrected it a few time it'll remember your preference.
But I use both words a lot. Everyone does! I don't want it to prefer one to the other - I'm fine with it if I accidentally type "so" instead of "do" and have to correct, but the vast majority of the time I type it correctly, and it corrects it stupidly.

Very frustrating - those two words should NEVER replace each other.
 

jj48

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But I use both words a lot. Everyone does! I don't want it to prefer one to the other - I'm fine with it if I accidentally type "so" instead of "do" and have to correct, but the vast majority of the time I type it correctly, and it corrects it stupidly.

Very frustrating - those two words should NEVER replace each other.
Absolutely agreed, I don't understand why they would actively take the decision to implement autocorrect like they have. I can't believe that the guys at apple can be satisfied with an autocorrect that replaces 'do' with 'so'. It's all the more baffling because it's just the kind of thing that you never normally see in apple products IMO.
 

Merthyrboy

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Since I've upgraded to a new iPhone 4s I've noticed that the keyboard auto correct is a bit worse than what it was like in 3.1.3. It doesn't even auto correct in the google search bar in safari which is annoying since I trust the keyboard to change it to the right spelling if I accidentally type "dowsnt" instead of "doesn't"
 

chrislaw

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I run into this EVERYDAY. And it NEVER stops for me. if i retype it more than once it will stop, but the next time it does it again. This is really my major complaint after having the iPhone for a few months now. Swiftkey learned me, it was extremely intuitive. I cannot say the same about my iPhone however. It does fine a lot of the time, but when i make the same mistakes (I often do abd instead of and) it never learns it. I just went into the keyboard options and entered abd to be switched to and... the funny part is if I type abs on accident, it will change it to abd lol However you can't do this with everything.
 

verwon

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I run into this EVERYDAY. And it NEVER stops for me. if i retype it more than once it will stop, but the next time it does it again. This is really my major complaint after having the iPhone for a few months now. Swiftkey learned me, it was extremely intuitive. I cannot say the same about my iPhone however. It does fine a lot of the time, but when i make the same mistakes (I often do abd instead of and) it never learns it. I just went into the keyboard options and entered abd to be switched to and... the funny part is if I type abs on accident, it will change it to abd lol However you can't do this with everything.
If SwiftKey learned you, I find myself a little concerned about what all you may consider to be autocorrect mistakes.

Just to clarify, I hated SwiftKey!
 

onthecouchagain

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Swiftkey definitely isn't flawless in its prediction, nor would I even say it was good. Even after properly learning your typing style, the times Swiftkey gets exactly what you want to say next is rare.

Where Swiftkey shines, however, is in their auto correction when you accidentally misspell or make typos. In this area, it is virtually flawless; to the point where it's hard to make a typo. Very impressive.

Cannot say the same for iOS' keyboard. The ICS keyboard has made leaps and bounds, and although can still use some tweaks, is more responsive, reliable, and has quite brilliant autocorrection. Editing on iOS though, (ie. copying/pasting, the magnifying glass, etc.) is still unsurpassed by anyone else.

Since I've upgraded to a new iPhone 4s I've noticed that the keyboard auto correct is a bit worse than what it was like in 3.1.3.
Thank you so much. I've been saying this for years. I've always felt the keyboard has gotten worse and less responsive.
 

trenfro

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Autocorrect learns off of what YOU type. Therefore, go to notes and type something that it keeps correcting over and over, eventually it will remember.
 

mrsir2009

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Haha, once I was texting this girl, and she said she was pissed off. So I asked why she was pissed off, and she said "My little brother put cum in my hair" (She really meant to type "gum") It was sooo funny!
 

SplicedBanjo

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Jillian gets so many complaints about her site being fake that her site auto-censors any post with the word "fake" in it, regardless of context. I tried to object to this and she banned me from her site and sent me multiple rude unsolicited e-mails, even after I specifically told her to stop, all without refunding the money I wasted on her app.

I respect your opinion, but I strongly advise against visiting this site.
 

thesiren

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I'm using an iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.1, and have tried fixing this by resetting the keyboard, but it seems to be Apple's implemented autocorrect: why, oh why, does my phone correct "so" to "do". According to Wikipedia, "do" is the 19th most commonly used word in the English language, and "so" is number 41. Why would you want to replace one with the other?

How to fix plz
But I use both words a lot. Everyone does! I don't want it to prefer one to the other - I'm fine with it if I accidentally type "so" instead of "do" and have to correct, but the vast majority of the time I type it correctly, and it corrects it stupidly.

Very frustrating - those two words should NEVER replace each other.
THIS DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!! ever since the most recent update every time I type "so" it replaces it with "do”. I have SO many retarded Facebook posts, text messages and emails with sentences like do that's why or I was talking to do and do. It's unnerving and no matter how many times I backspace and fix that stupid "do" to "so", it turns it back to DO!! arghhh!
 

verwon

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THIS DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!! ever since the most recent update every time I type "so" it replaces it with "do”. I have SO many retarded Facebook posts, text messages and emails with sentences like do that's why or I was talking to do and do. It's unnerving and no matter how many times I backspace and fix that stupid "do" to "so", it turns it back to DO!! arghhh!
You've got to hit the x and cancel the do, for the keyboard to learn. Backspace doesn't do it.
 

5aga

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Jillian gets so many complaints about her site being fake that her site auto-censors any post with the word "fake" in it, regardless of context. I tried to object to this and she banned me from her site and sent me multiple rude unsolicited e-mails, even after I specifically told her to stop, all without refunding the money I wasted on her app.

I respect your opinion, but I strongly advise against visiting this site.
clicking the link in the post was the first time I've been to that site and yeah it seemed like most of those were fake.

AutoCorrect isn't perfect but it doesn't make mistakes like those, not for me anyway.

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You've got to hit the x and cancel the do, for the keyboard to learn. Backspace doesn't do it.
I hate that little X, its hard to hit sometimes LOL
 

onthecouchagain

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For all its genius, Apple sometimes fumbles simple things. I've always thought the iOS keyboard needed improving. iOS 6...?
 

cynics

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I don't know why but mine doesn't try to replace either. Do what I would so just keep typing to see if it learns.

That was a little attempt at humor but it really doesn't try to switch either. :)
 

SplicedBanjo

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Dec 13, 2011
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clicking the link in the post was the first time I've been to that site and yeah it seemed like most of those were fake.

AutoCorrect isn't perfect but it doesn't make mistakes like those, not for me anyway.



Thanks for your post!

I guess there's some chance that some of the posts on that site fall into the gray area between "true AutoCorrect Fail" and "complete fabrication" - as in, "I made a typo and AutoCorrect couldn't read my mind." This is still more human error than anything else, but I guess people just like to blame technology.

However, my personal opinion is that, once you disallow people from discussing whether or not your site is fake, then your site automatically loses all credibility.
 

staeit

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back on topic, just noticed that sometimes "of" often gets recorrected to "if".

Seriously annoying.
 

AlexJaye

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My iPhone tries to change "so" to "do" and "if" to "of" so often. It is ANNOYING. No matter how many times I click it off it still continues to try to assume wrong. I wish it could infer from grammar as well as just spelling correctly so it wouldn't do that as often.
 

Wrathwitch

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But I use both words a lot. Everyone does! I don't want it to prefer one to the other - I'm fine with it if I accidentally type "so" instead of "do" and have to correct, but the vast majority of the time I type it correctly, and it corrects it stupidly.

Very frustrating - those two words should NEVER replace each other.
I feel your pain, but being an avid gamer and having to constantly type on the fly, I have gotten over correcting simple words that if mis-spelled are still completely understandable.

I figure if I type taht instead of that or it gets auto corrected to do, the person reading it should be savvy enough to get what I mean.

But I do get what you are saying. Auto correct should have a letter amount that you want it to kick in ie: words greater than 2 letters etc.

WW