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Your vs You're | Grammar differences

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10 November 2020
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Do you ever confuse your and you're? It is a very easy grammar mistake to make. What makes matters worse is that they sound the same. The internet is full of examples of people mixing up the two words. Don't be that person!

So, what is the difference between your and you're? Take a look at our latest grammar cartoon. Discover how the two characters understand how to use your and you're correctly.


Understanding how to use YOUR and YOU'RE:

Your is the second person possessive adjective, used to describe something as belonging to you. Your is always followed by a noun or gerund.

You’re is the contraction of "you are" and is often followed by the present participle (verb form ending in -ing).

There is one rule that will help you make the right choice:

If you can replace the word with "you are," you should select "you’re". Otherwise, you should only choose "your".


Examples of how to use YOUR:

  • What is your friend's name?
  • Is this your book?
  • Your pen is on the desk.
  • Here is your bag.
  • What happened to your hair?!


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Examples of how to use YOU'RE:

  • You’re going to be late for English class!
  • Is that what you’re wearing to the office party?!
  • I think you’re lying about going home early last night.
  • If you’re ready, we can go into town.
  • I can’t believe you’re a footballer when you play like that!


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