Your and You’re are two commonly confused words in the English language. They sound nearly alike but have different meanings. These words often cause trouble for writers. Even native English speakers sometimes make mistakes with these two words. If you also get confused between these words, read this post until the end. We will explain the difference between them with some examples.
What Does “Your” Mean?
The word “your” is a pronoun used to indicate something belonging to you. It’s a form of the possessive case of you. Your is generally followed by a noun or gerund.
What Does “You’re” Mean?
The word “you’re” is the abbreviation for the word you are. It is usually followed by an adjective, noun, and a present participle, a verb ending in ing form.
When to Use “Your”?
As mentioned above, the word “your” indicates belongingness. Therefore, it should be used to show ownership of something. Let’s see some examples of your in sentences.
Use of the word your in sentences
- Is this your pen?
- What is your name?
- Here is your handbag
- Your hair looks amazing
- “Take off your shirt, “said the mother.
- You should not forget your manners.
- I saw her picture at your house.
- Have you paid your debt?
- You said Maria was your sister.
- I am sorry, but I can’t speak on your behalf.
- Put on your white dress for the party.
- How do you invest your money?
When to Use You’re?
You can use this word when you need to abbreviate the phrase “you are.” See the following examples for more clarification.
Use of the word you’re in sentences
- You’re now one step ahead of your previous work.
- I hope you’re doing fine.
- You’re the best.
- You’re welcome.
- You’re my best friend!
- I will call you when you’re ready.
- I think you’re going to be late.
- I can’t believe you’re a teacher!
- Are you sure you’re okay?
- You don’t know how glad I am to know that you’re not angry with me!
- “Do you know what you’re saying?” I said this in an angry tone.
- So you’re ready to go to hills this summer?
One of the biggest reason for the confusion between these two words is, the association of apostrophes with possession, such as:
- Liam’s dog barks at every stranger.
- Emma’s painting won the first prize in a competition.
It makes it easy for people to forget the difference between your and you’re. Always remember that similar to other possessive adjectives such as its, their, my, and her, there is no apostrophe for the word your.
How to Remember The Difference Between Your and You’re
One of the easiest ways to remember the difference between these two words is to look at their spelling. “You’re” has apostrophe like other contractions such as we’re, they’re, I’m, and it’s while your has no apostrophe like other possessive adjectives: our, its, my, her, and his.
Note: Avoid using you’re in formal writing. As a general rule, contractions should be avoided in formal writing.