WTF? Mac OS is autocorrecting "their" to "they're" and "than" to "then"

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by colonel179, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. colonel179 macrumors member

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    I normally don't type a lot in my Mac, because I use it mostly to watch Youtube and other things. However, I started doing some projects and I've had to type a lot in Safari and Notes, and I realized that the OS autocorrect is making some face-palming changes:

    It changes THAN to THEN, and if you correctly type THAN it puts it in red dotted line:
    Example: I prefer to use pen than pencil.

    I also changes THEIR to THEY'RE
    Example: I don't like their games.

    Are we really getting into an age when even professional things have bad grammar as default? What's next, change it officially in the dictionary? English is not my first language, and I have never had any problem understanding the differences. Why is it what so many people now speak/type so badly?

    How can I tell my OS not to be retarded?
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    If English is not your first language, make sure the os is set to use English auto correct when you write English. It can auto detect and switch but only between the languages on its list. You can also set custom overrides. All in system preferences.
     
  3. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    The first example could go either way, but the second example is clearly incorrect.

    I haven't noticed this when I type on my Mac.

    As for recent grammar issues, I blame laziness. Everyone makes mistakes now and then, but for many people, I think they just don't care.
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    I was wondering if having a different primary language was to blame for the OS autocorrect mistakes.

    English is my first language and I haven't noticed Mac OS autocorrect issues.
     
  4. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

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    ive just typed both of these sentences into notes in uk English and it didnt correct either of them.
     
  5. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Danish is my first, but macOS is generally really good about detecting what language you write in, if you have it set up to know which languages you'll use. For the Danish locale, but English and Danish are automatically in the list by default actually. For the first 5 words it may underline them in red if you've just switched language, but when you put a period or get enough words in, it'll figure the language of the sentence. You can even have multiple languages in one paragraph, as long as they are separate sentences.
     
  6. colonel179 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a MacBook Pro purchased in the US, with US keyboard, set in English and US as country. There shouldn't be any problem.

    Although I noticed now, that it happens mostly in Safari. I re-typed many sentences in Notes and it doesn't do autocorrect them, only when I copy-paste from Safari.

    Thanks for the replies and help!
     
  7. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Do you have any strange extensions relating to text correction installed?
     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Does the red line disappear if you type "...pen rather than pencil." ?
     

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