"Your" vs. "You're"! Listen Up, Kids!

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thepioneerwoman.com

The most irritating mistake in grammar that I notice on blogs, social networks, and even in press releases is the confusion between 'your" and "you're."

The second I see someone fall into that terrible trap, I think, "Moron!"

But then I calm down and realize that perhaps they just weren't listening in school for those three months.

So here's the deal.

"Your" is possessive. It means you own something.

As in "your iPhone," "your cauliflower," "your overpriced condo," and "your bad grammar."

Meanwhile, "you're" is a contraction of "you" and "are."

Use it in "You're gorgeous," "You're a bottom," "You're out of line here, missy," and "You're finally starting to pick up some grammar tips."

Got it?

You're welcome.



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25 comments
corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

On the internetz no one knows if your having contractions....

Its of no consequence hear.

Yetta
Yetta

Then there's IT'S = IT IS vs. ITS = belongs to IT.

So many people can't grasp this.

Also, you very rarely need to use apostrophes to make plurals in English. RARELY. So many people cannot grasp that either. Basic rule: no apostrophes to make plurals. Very, very simple.....

anonTWO
anonTWO

Honey, I am a New York City public school graduate and like, totally fucking illiterate, okay?

Gay Movie Fan
Gay Movie Fan

I am SO sick of the dumbing down of America.  I see grammatical errors on-line every day.  It's very difficult for someone to be credible when they can't discern the difference between you're and your; there and their; to, too and two; it's and its; and even sure and shore, lose and loose and on and on and on.   

My friends think I'm crazy because my TEXTS are even carefully checked to be correct.  I say we need to preserve the language or it will eventually make no sense at all.

Pattanumodana
Pattanumodana

This old English teacher (not to be confused with an Old English teacher) thanks you.

Scruff712
Scruff712

When I was working as a graphic designer, I corrected a headline three times in a newletter that said, "The Hospital Would Like To Thank It's Donors." Finally, I had to get my boss to call them to tell them that the proper word was the pronoun "Its" as I had fixed it. They said, we took a vote and decided that the word should be "It's." They took a vote! I swear, this is a true story. And these people were in their 40's, not kids.

Lexie Tillotson
Lexie Tillotson

Hmm.  I know the difference and I always have.  For me it's more about typing phonetically or something.  And then when I read it back, it doesn't pop out at me.  Later I change it.  I always feel embarrassed.  But it isn't for lack of knowing the difference.  The sound in the head gets translated to the keyboard more than the meaning does - or something.  I was hoping you'd have a tip so when I edit quickly, or scan for errors in an email, I catch it.  That's the bigger problem.  Not catching it.  I do it with Know and no too.  Same with to and too sometimes.

MattB
MattB

Well said, Mr. M.

nostradavid
nostradavid

Yer irritation is treatable (try some medicated goo).UR still my hero!(texting has made grammar obsolete, grandma)

Izzy
Izzy

How about "it's" vs "its"?

Gregorama
Gregorama

God BLESS you for posting this...and I hope it gets re-blogged throughout the land until every man, woman and child in this nation takes just the briefest pause before typing this most egregious of grammatical errors.  I totally agree with your sentiment that whenever I see this error in someone's email/posting, it instantly strips the rest of their message of credence. Your my hero!

Rhythm Agnes
Rhythm Agnes

"Loose" in place of "lose" drives me bonkers...

Shebangbang
Shebangbang

They fuck it up on press releases? That's pretty sameful. You'd think well paid publicists went to college.

Movielover
Movielover

This one is pretty easy.  It's surprising how many mistakes are made.  I think when to use I or me is harder and who and whom gives me a headache!

Movielover
Movielover

It's ok with me if it's okay with you.

Drew Hunkins
Drew Hunkins

Scruff-Excellent (or should I say terrifying) story!

Zone
Zone

True, but I don't think press releases, articles, and even blogs should read like texts. They should spell words out--and correctly.

Movielover
Movielover

I know Mikey appreciates you're comment!

Yetta
Yetta

I is the subject, me is the object. Very simple.

nostradavid
nostradavid

I agree. Just having fun,and I just love that song "Medicated Goo" by Traffic.Don't be surprised if UR ends up as a proper contraction in Webster's someday.

Devore
Devore

It will probably end up in a Madonna song.

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