Your vs. You’re

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Grammar Tip: Your vs. You're from Mainstay Editorial Services

Grammar Tip: Your vs. You’re

In my last Grammar Tips piece, I discussed my biggest grammar pet peeve – the misuse of there, they’re and their. This week, I’m focusing on my second biggest – the incorrect use of your and you’re. Although they are pronounced the same way, they mean different things.


Your is the possessive form of the pronoun you. Example: Your keys are on the table. (The keys belong to you.)


You’re is the contraction for you are. The apostrophe signals to the reader that letters are missing. In this case, the apostrophe replaces the letter a. Example: You’re heading the wrong way. (You are heading the wrong way.)


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