In WordSmith's settings, each language can define one or more characters which can be treated as honorary letters; the apostrophe is one which is defined by default as a valid mid-word character for English (but not for other languages). If you aren't getting the apostrophes in words like /father's/ recognised, that could be because your texts have curly apostrophes, which Microsoft (for example) might have inserted into your texts instead of straight ones. You can get that fixed using the Text Converter utility in WordSmith.
I hope that helps -- Mike
On 31/08/2012 20:58, Keely wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am a music student so I am very unfamiliar with some of the
> but I am trying to get the latest version of wordsmith to treat words
> with and without the 's as the same.
> I can't for the life of me figure it out.
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-- Mike Scott
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