How to Use You're and Your
Everyone mixes up "you're" and "your" sometimes. However, you can learn to avoid this common writing mistake by memorizing the proper way to use each word.
To useyou'reandyourcorrectly, remember thatyou'reis short for "you are," andyouris used to show ownership, like in "your house." If you don't know which one to use, try writing "you are" instead. If the sentence still makes sense, useyou're. If the sentence doesn't make sense, useyour.To learn more tricks for usingyou'reandyourcorrectly, like coming up with a mnemonic to help you remember, keep reading!
Using You're and Your
Understand the proper usage of the word you need.The best way to do that is to sound it out. There is a replacement test that will tell you for certain which word will fit. Read the sentence withyou arein place of where theyour/you'reis intended. If it makes sense, thenyou'rewould be right. If not, thenyourwould fit. You could also replaceyourwithmyin the sentence. If it fits, then useyour.
Create a mnemonic to help you distinguish between the words.A mnemonic is a device that helps you remember something. You may find a mnemonic helpful when remembering the difference betweenyou'reandyour.Elements such as parallelism and vivid imagery are usually effective mnemonic tools.
- Consider the sentence "If you're writing ityou're, you're writing it right." You are doing something when you write, and thus the contractionyou'reis correct.
- You could also try something like the sentence "Your Outraged Unicorns Race," where the first letter of each word spells out the correct usage. Because the unicorns belong to you, they'reyourunicorns.
Writeyou'reas a contraction or a combination of the wordsyouandare.Other examples of contractions includedoesn'tfordoes not,they'reforthey are,andcan'tforcannot.
- "You'rea good friend" means "You are a good friend."
- "I don't know whatyou'retalking about" means "I do not know what you are talking about."
Remember thatyou'reis actually a combination of two words.It thus fulfills two very important roles in a sentence or clause. Because it includes both a pronoun and a verb,you'rewill always be the subject and at least part of the verb of any clause in which it appears.
Writeyouras the possessive form ofyou.The possessive form refers to something that a person has, something that belongs to the person in question, or the person you are talking to.Yourreflects ownership, as in "yours, mine, and ours".
- "Isyourstomach growling?"
- "Yourbook is on the table."
Remember that the wordyourwill usually not be followed by an adjective.In most cases,yourwill not be followed by an adjective (a word that describes something) when that adjective is describing the person that you are talking to.
- In other words, saying "Yourvery kind" will almost never be correct. "Your very kind" would only be correct if someone were describing a noun, as in "Your nice son brought me my coat." Here,your niceis correct becauseniceis describing the person's son.
Take a look at some examples.Each of the following examples shows an incorrect use of your/you're, and why it is incorrect.
- "I can't readyou'rehandwriting."
- Incorrect, because the contraction foryou areis being used in place of the possessive form of you. "I can't readyou arehandwriting"' doesn't make sense. It should be replaced withyour.
- "Ifyourhungry, then you should probably eat something."
- Incorrect because there is no possession in question. You can be hungry, but in English you don't possess hunger. This passes the replacement test. Rewriting it withyou arefits.Yourshould be replaced here withyou're, oryou are.
- "I thinkyourvery smart."
- Again, incorrect. The "very smart" does not belong to the person that you are talking to — this doesn't make any sense. Replaceyourwithyou're, oryou are.
- "I'm smarter thanyou're"
- Correct, because the contraction foryou arehas been used in place of the possessive form of you. However, this unconventional usage is likely to confuse people, so avoid ending a sentence withyou'reeven if it's grammatically correct.
- "I can't readyou'rehandwriting."
You're and Your Usage Chart
QuestionHow should I write "your stupid"?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWell, to avoid the risk of being called the same in return, write it correctly, as: "You're stupid."Thanks!
QuestionIs it to correct to write: You're welcome?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. You could also write, "You are welcome." Both ways are correct.Thanks!
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QuestionIs it correct to write: You're amazing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionHow do I write: "Your taking advantage of a system"?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou write it as: "You're taking advantage of a system" or "You are taking advantage of a system."Thanks!
QuestionIf I'm telling someone she is nice, how can I say it? "Your so nice," or, "You're so nice"?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBecause you mean, "you are so nice," you would say, " you're so nice." "Your" indicates possession, such as "your flowers are nice."Thanks!
QuestionIs it correct to write: Your an amazing sister?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. It's "you're an amazing sister" or "you are an amazing sister."Thanks!
QuestionCan you tell me: Is "Your so dumb!" or "You're so dumb!" correct?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's "you're so dumb!" "Your" is the possessive form of the personal pronoun "you." "You're" is a contraction of "you are". A correct use of "your" is: "Your dog is so dumb!"Thanks!
QuestionCan I write: "At least your home."?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, it's "at least you're home" or "at least you are home."Thanks!
QuestionCan I write: "What are you're plans for today?"wikiHow ContributorCommunity Answer"What are your plans for today?"Thanks!
- Just remember "You're not spelling your words correctly," and it all falls into place.
- Keep in mind that the wordyourwillneverbe followed by the wordsthe,a, oran.
- Simple grammatical errors, such as incorrect use ofyourandyou're, can harm how others perceive your credibility when they read your compositions such as essays and résumés. It is in your best interest to learn how to use these words properly.
- There is another word,yore, that sounds just the same asyou'reandyour.Yorerefers to times long past and isn't used often in casual speech.
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