Edit This Grammar Lesson: Your Vs. You're (Revisited)
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
If you had to pick one grammar mistake that drives you up the wall when you see it, what would it be? I'll give you a few minutes to decide, but I already know what mine is. For me, it's when people misuse your and you're.
Honestly, there isn't a day that goes by where I don't see someone confuse the two in a business document, blog, website page, text message, social media post, etc.
Case in point, just before I typed this sentence, a good friend of mine who shall remain nameless wrote this in a Facebook post:
"If you’re company, charity, or organization needs a niche publication, give us a call!"
Obviously, it should be "If your company ..." Or, it could be, "If you're a company, charity, or organization that needs a niche publication, give us a call!"
The hilarious part is they correctly replied to someone in a comment on the same post:
"Thank you for trusting us with your tabloid."
I published a similar grammar post on the difference between your and you're in 2017. A few weeks ago, I went so far as to do a contest on Facebook where the only way you could enter to win is if you correctly replied using your and you're in a sentence. My wife thinks I'm a tad obsessed, but all I want to do is educate people – so they stop. :)
Your vs. You're – What's the difference?
Your shows possession. Use it when talking about something that belongs to someone.
* Is that your cat?
* Can I borrow your truck?
* Your blogs are funny and informative!
You're merely is an abbreviation of you are.
* You're making me mad!
* I know what you're thinking.
* I think what you're doing is great.
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