iPhone Typing Tip: We'll, He'll, It's, We're

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As part of our iPhone Tips thread, BWhaler offered this typing tip which may prove useful to some iPhone typists.

1. Type "welll" (3 L's) and the iPhone will auto correct to "We'll"
2. Type "Helll" (3 L's) and the iPhone will auto correct to "He'll"
3. Type "itsa" and the iPhone will auto correct to "It's"
4. Type "weree" (2 E's) and the iPhone will auto correct to "We're"

BWhaler notes: "In general, repeating the last letter will tell us its a contraction. The "itsa" is an exception since it could go either way. Think "it's a..."



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beal9000

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May 29, 2007
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Typing "helll" seems to always correct to "hello". Otherwise, this is a cool tip.
 

ki-goi

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Sep 16, 2004
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i don't like the idea of teaching the smart typer-helper garbage shortcuts. there's no way to erase what it's learned, is there?

i don't know that there's harm in this trick but with the slide-and-release trick for punctuation i think i might skip using this one.
 

mixel

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Itsa? Itsa mee, Mario!

Seems pretty useful though, i hate it in typing interfaces where you have to switch "screens" to get to the symbols. (PS3/Wii do it too)
 

MBHockey

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i don't like the idea of teaching the smart typer-helper garbage shortcuts. there's no way to erase what it's learned, is there?

i don't know that there's harm in this trick but with the slide-and-release trick for punctuation i think i might skip using this one.
Yes, you can reset the dictionary.
 

bigmc6000

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i dont know about you all but my spell correction feature only works, if im lucky half the time. Anyone else have this problem?
Only time I have any problem is if it tries to correct to something I don't want I hit the backspace a few times and start over mid sentence. In that case it doesn't do spell correction at all and the only way to get it to do it again is go back to the end of the last word and type the space and then the word again. I find that terribly annoying as when typing a long word you might miss a letter or two into it you have to go all the way back and start again for it to pick up the spell correction. Apple - please fix and/or enable this!!!
 

mainstreetmark

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i dont know about you all but my spell correction feature only works, if im lucky half the time. Anyone else have this problem?
HALF the time?

You must be exaggerating. Unless, you type a ton of proper nouns or foreign words or something.

I find the spelling correction brilliant - I wish OSX had it.
 

jlanuez

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HALF the time?

You must be exaggerating. Unless, you type a ton of proper nouns or foreign words or something.

I find the spelling correction brilliant - I wish OSX had it.
SPELLING:
Agreed, it's very good and i find it VERY useful.

DELETE:
I do however find the backspacing for deleting very poor. When you reply to a long email string, it takes quite awhile to clean it up by backspacing through all the old string. Yes, I know about holding it down and it starts deleting full words at a time, but this is a very slow process compared to highlight/cut.
 

mainstreetmark

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SPELLING:
Agreed, it's very good and i find it VERY useful.

DELETE:
I do however find the backspacing for deleting very poor. When you reply to a long email string, it takes quite awhile to clean it up by backspacing through all the old string. Yes, I know about holding it down and it starts deleting full words at a time, but this is a very slow process compared to highlight/cut.
Yeah, we'll have to wait until the OS evolves a bit more. Perhaps that magnifying glass thing will have some sort of tap-drag to highlight. Of course, we still have yet to see actual gestures show up ("swirl" to highlight or something), because I think direct access with your club of a finger won't be quite good enough. Look how poor the iPod's scrubber works with things like podcasts when you get that finger involved (versus the clickwheel).
 

Joshua8o8

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HALF the time?

You must be exaggerating. Unless, you type a ton of proper nouns or foreign words or something.

I find the spelling correction brilliant - I wish OSX had it.
i wish i was exaggerating, the problem is not that it doesn't correct proper nouns or foreign words, the problem is that it does not correct ANY words at all.
 

Yankees 4 Life

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the keyboard correcton half-asses it when it comes to safari, especially when typing in chatrooms. It just cuts off, its annoying. Then it will randomly come back. I one time sent a facebook message full of jibberish because the correction software shut off.
 

siurpeeman

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the keyboard correcton half-asses it when it comes to safari, especially when typing in chatrooms. It just cuts off, its annoying. Then it will randomly come back. I one time sent a facebook message full of jibberish because the correction software shut off.
try getting out of the text input and tapping back in it. it usually (not always) works for me to get the auto-correction back.
 

bruno9

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Jan 31, 2007
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Tip doesn't work on I'm he's she's it's or i've

I'll stick to pressing the number "key" and "sliding up" to the apostrophe when spelling a contraction. The trick does not work on
I'm
He's
She's
It's
I've

There seems to be a serious secondary thread about the dictionary. I regularly clear my dictionary to get rid of my typing boo boos. (Settings, General, Reset, Reset Keyboard Dictionary, passcode, Reset dictionary).
 

Gonzlobo

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I'll stick to pressing the number "key" and "sliding up" to the apostrophe when spelling a contraction. The trick does not work on
I'm
He's
She's
It's
I've
Not sure I understand your complaint. If I type Im, Hes, Shes or Ive, the iphone automatically inserts the apostrophe (when space is pressed), there was no need for the trick. Note: It didn't work with Its.
 

Anonymous Freak

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Not sure I understand your complaint. If I type Im, Hes, Shes or Ive, the iphone automatically inserts the apostrophe (when space is pressed), there was no need for the trick. Note: It didn't work with Its.
"itst" produces "it's". Yeah, it's kind of goofy, since you have to go back to "t", but it does mean you don't have to go into the punctuation screen.
 

Joshua8o8

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the keyboard correcton half-asses it when it comes to safari, especially when typing in chatrooms. It just cuts off, its annoying. Then it will randomly come back. I one time sent a facebook message full of jibberish because the correction software shut off.
That must be why i see this problem so much. The majority of typing i do is when i post messages on this site.
 

bloggerblog

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Jun 27, 2007
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this is some useful stuff. I've been using the traditional way, but I'll be trying those tricks.

thanx for the info.
 

ecks618

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I wish Apple would implement the double space to make a period as the blackberry has. I thought that was the most innovative feature of the whole device, simply brilliant.
 

benspratling

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Jan 16, 2006
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yeah, it's that dang correction software's fault...

the keyboard correcton half-asses it when it comes to safari, especially when typing in chatrooms. It just cuts off, its annoying. Then it will randomly come back. I one time sent a facebook message full of jibberish because the correction software shut off.
Really, it was the correction software's fault? Not that you didn't "proof read" your own work before hitting the submit button? So in your case the correction software actually intercepted the pure message you had typed and changed it to gibberish? Why am I finding this hard to believe? I'm sure it's not because you don't know how to spell the words you use. :)