Revised as of 22 July 2017
ARRRRGGGGHHHH! This is one of the worst word confusions! I hate this one, especially since it’s so easy to NOT make this mistake. What are you people thinking!
It makes me so nuts, annnddd I’m gonna get snarky here, so take this with a grain of salt.
Obviously you’re is a contraction. That apostrophe is a pretty big tip-off. So, what’s the rule about contractions? Replace that apostrophe with the letter it represents. In this case, it’s an a, which means you’re is you are. Nothing like your. Which has no contractions.
Your options are limited, and you are going to have to take my word for it, and suck it up, baby.
NOTE: Yore was added 22 July 2017.
|The Contraction for You Are||The Possessive Your|
|You’re next exam is scheduled for this Friday.
“You are next exam?” I don’t think so.
|Your next exam is scheduled for this Friday.
That makes sense. It is an exam you are taking, which makes it yours, and “your” is possessive.
|I just voted for you’re photo.
No, actually “you are not a photo”.
|I just voted for your photo.
Well, yes, it is a photo of you, so it belongs to you. It’s “your” photo.
|I hope you’re sure about this.
“You are sure”, aren’t you?
|I hope your sure about this.
It really isn’t possible to possess a “sure”.
|I think you’re very smart.
“I think you are very smart” works for me.
|I think your very smart.
Um, maybe if the sentence were re-worded: “Your smarts are amazing.”
Well, okay, it’s not a great sentence, but at least you are owning your intelligence.
|I haven’t seen you’re sister today.
“You are sister”? Nah, I don’t think so.
|I haven’t seen your sister today.
Again, a possessive moment. She’s “your” sister, not his.
|Remember to look both ways when you’re crossing the road.
“…you are crossing…”
|Remember to look both ways when your crossing the road.
When did you come to possess a crossing?
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Merriam-Webster; (un)Enlightened English|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for noun: yore
|Pronoun + Second Person Singular Simple Present Verb, to be = Present Continuous Verb||Adjective; Possessive Pronoun, a.k.a., Possessive Determiner
Your changes to yours if a noun does not follow the your
[Literary] Of long ago or former times (used in nostalgic or mock-nostalgic recollection)
|Contraction for you are||Possessive form of you
Of, belonging to, or associated with you
Belonging to or associated with an unspecified person or people in general
[Informal] Used to indicate all things or people of a certain type
[Capitalized Your] Used when addressing the holder of certain titles
[Early Modern English] Thy (Use before a noun beginning with a consonant or consonant sound; similar to using the indefinite article a.)
[Early Modern English] Thine (Used before a noun beginning with a vowel or vowel sound; similar to using the indefinite article an OR when indicating that something is “absolute and understood”.)
Belong to or associated with the person or people whom the speaker is addressing, or to a person in general
Used in formulas ending a letter
|Usually used in the phrase of yore
In days of yore, we didn’t have cellphones. Or microwaves.
Aye, ’twas a great empire in days of yore.
“Like the soap operas of yore, Marvel has replaced major and minor characters in their films as necessary.” – Rich Goldstein, “The Coming Civil War: Iron Man Vs. Captain America 3”
|You’re going out, now?
You know you’re a nut, right?
You’re losing weight.
You’re the very devil, you are.
You’re certain that’s how it goes?
If you’re healthy, you’ve got it all.
You’re the worst contestant ever.
You’re how old?
|Blow your nose.
Let’s go to your house.
Is this thy first taste of freedom?
The path is on your left heading north.
This lotion is for thy head only.
Your part-time worker is becoming a problem.
Here is your actual automatic tin-opener.
Is that your toy?
Doesn’t it just break your heart?
Is that yours?
Up yours, buddy.
The choice is thine.
“Deny thy father and refuse thy name;” – Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
It’s no business of yours.
Mr. Smythe has sent me yours of the 15th inst. regarding the vacancy.
Yours sincerely, John Watson
Yours, Jim Lindsay
|Personal Pronoun: thee, thou, ye, you||Second Person Singular Pronoun: yourself, yourselves|
|History of the Word:|
|Old English geāra, geāre is of unknown origin.||First known use: 1590||Pre-900 Old English ēower, a genitive of gē, is of Germanic origin and related to the German euer.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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