“Your” vs. “You’re”

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Do you know the difference between “your” and “you’re”? This is a mistake even native English speakers make.

“You’re” is a contraction of “you are”.

Here are some examples:

  • You’re really good at drawing.
  • You’re welcome.
  • Let me know when you’re free to talk.

“Your” is the second person possessive adjective, used to describe something as belonging to you. It is followed by a noun.

Here are some examples:

  • Can you show me your work by 6 p.m. today?
  • Your family are welcome to drop by any time.
  • I asked your assistant to schedule a meeting for us.

So the next time you’re not sure whether to use “your” or “you’re”, just remember that “you’re” is a contraction of “you are”. If the sentence does not make sense with “you are”, then use “your”.

I hope this helps!

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