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Your vs. You're
Mon May 31, 2010 7:34 pm
Your vs. You're happens to be both my pet peeve and one of the most common grammatical mistakes on YWS. Every time I see something like "That was great! Your awesome!" I die a little inside. XD Because I'm tired of typing my explanation over and over, I have written up this brief and easy guide.
is possesive, as in "Your bicycle is over there," and "Is this yours?"
is a contraction, as in "You're my favorite person," and "I don't know what you're talking about."
Look at your sentence. If you can replace whatever you have with "you are," use you're. If not, use "your."
So, now it's your turn!
What is the proper word for each of these sentences?
1."If [your/you're] hungry, then you should probably eat something."
2."I can't read [you're/your] handwriting."
3."[Your/You’re] a good writer!"
If you had trouble of any of those, please read the beginning again. And please don't be lazy when editing your work.
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Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:46 am
Every misused your/you're I see takes me one year closer to the end of my life. XD
Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:41 pm
Well I would just say youer being a nitpicker.
I completely agree, very common mistake that even adults make, constantly. In a writing community it should be akin to being branded.
Has that ever been considered? A Hawthorne-ish Lettering system of cardinal sins....
Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:41 pm
Oh, I always get this wrong, haha.
The general rule is a good one, I'll use that from now on.
Thank you (:
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Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:43 pm
This is great. Showing that "you're" is a contraction of the two words "you are", and "your" shows possession of something, really helps everyone.
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