Your Or You’re: A Grammar Lesson

I don’t make this grammar mistake too often (your vs. you’re), but for some reason a lot of online writers do. Now I know I have stressed that I rather you all just get your writing done instead of getting it “perfect”, but honestly there is no excuse for this one.

YOUR is a possessive noun (your money, your husband, your life), and YOU’RE is a contraction for the two words: you are. (You’re getting on my nerves! You’re a nice person.) So when in doubt — you can always say the words “you are” to see if it makes sense in your sentence. If it doesn’t – you probably need to go with your.

Here are the official definitions:

possessive adjective
1 belonging to or associated with the person or people that the speaker is addressing : what is your name?
2 belonging to or associated with any person in general : the sight is enough to break your heart.• informal used to denote someone or something that is familiar or typical of its kind : I’m just your average Joe | she is one of your chatty types.
3 ( Your) used when addressing the holder of certain titles : Your Majesty | Your Eminence.

ORIGIN Old English ?ower, genitive of g? (see ye 1 ), of Germanic origin; related to German euer.

contraction of you are : you’re an angel, Deb!

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