Quick Grammar Tips: You’re vs. Your

In the Quick Grammar Tips series, I will explain some common grammar errors that I have found. I want to make these tips quick, simple, and easy to understand.

Here’s some background information: I don’t claim to be perfect at grammar, but I am a copy editor for Flux this term, so I use it a lot in my everyday life. In general, I have found that a lot of amazing writers make common grammar mistakes. I make them too if I’m writing something in a hurry. Some people know better, some don’t. The other reason behind this series is that it is something that I can do when I haven’t had the time to read a new book, see a movie, go somewhere interesting, or do anything else that I might normally blog about.

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Today’s grammar tip is the difference between YOUR and YOU’RE.

You’re using the right your, right? Are you sure? Keep reading to find out.

Your is a possessive, and you’re is a contraction of the phrase you are.

But what does this mean? It means that if you can substitute the phrase you are in the sentence, you want to use you’re.  If you can’t, it’s a possessive and use your.


CORRECT: You’re a pretty girl.  (“You are a pretty girl” makes sense here.)

INCORRECT: I am going to you’re house. (“I am going to you are house” doesn’t make sense here. If you are a house, then you have problems. If you are not a house, then it is your house.)

CORRECT: Your friend is beautiful. (“You are friend is beautiful” makes no sense here.)

INCORRECT: Your a great friend. (“You are a great friend” makes sense here, so you need to use the contraction you’re.)

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Do you have any grammar tips or questions? Let me know in the comments!