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  • Writer's pictureSteve Gamel

Your vs. You're: It's Not That Hard

Of all the grammar mistakes we've highlighted on the Edit This® blog over the years, the one that consistently drives me nuts is when people misuse your and you're.

Don't get me wrong – I love everyone, and I'm not trying to be mean-spirited with this post.

After all, we all make mistakes. I've had my fair share. So have you. The best part about mistakes is that we can learn and grow from them. But for whatever reason, learning the difference between your and you're continues to confound the masses.

There isn't a day that goes by where I don't see someone confusing the two on social media, text messages and emails, websites, and even online articles. Just before I started working on this post, a friend wrote in a Facebook post ...

"Your the best!"

It should be, "You're the best."

Why Is Your vs. You're So Hard, Folks!?

After all these years, we continue to make this massive mistake. So here's another quick lesson from yours truly on how to use your vs. you're.


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!

Conversely ...

You're merely is an abbreviation of you are.

  • You're making me mad!

  • I know what you're thinking.

  • What you're doing is great.

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STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This®, a writing and editing services company in Denton, TX. He is also the author of Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.

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