We could not pick a simpler topic for today’s Grammar lesson than this, could we?
Well, the simple difference between your and you’re can confound many a soul.
Let’s dig into the difference!
You’re is short for you are.
Your shows that something belongs to you or is related to you (e.g., your bike, your money).
Well, this is a grammatical howler in fact.
You’re is a contraction of you are. This is the one and only one use for it. In case you cannot expand you’re in a sentence to you are, then it is wrong.
The trouble with most jobs is that even if you do well, you’re still a rat in a rat race. (Expands to you are – correct)
Let me when you’re finished with the work. (Expands to you are – correct)
‘Your’ is a possessive pronoun. Possessive? Pronoun? Well, pronouns, to be simply put, are noun substitutions. For example: I, me, he, she, etc. And a possessive pronoun is one that shows ownership or possession of something. For example: my, mine, our etc.
In general, your is used before another word and shows that:
- it belongs to “you”: your cat, your dog etc.
- if of “you”: your picture, your photography
- or is related to “you”: your father-in-law.
In each of the above, the relation to “you” is clear and distinct.
The officer will answer all your questions. (questions belonging to you)
Hitesh doesn’t look like your brother. (related to you)
Test to check your understanding:
- I know you’re/your mad at me but please listen to me once.
- I am not being able to give an explanation for my actions because you’re/your not willing to listen.
- Well, it is all about you’re/your principles.
- Hope you’re/your decision is the correct one.