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Rules for Using Your vs. You're

Updated on March 9, 2012

Grammar is important. When you use the wrong word, or have a word that is spelled incorrectly in your writing, people will tend to make assumptions about your intellect and your schooling. Most people want to make sure that people are focused on the subject of their writing, and not getting stuck on spelling and grammatical mistakes.

I hope you're willing to take the time to learn some basic vocabulary and grammar rules. By learning to avoid common errors, and using your and you're incorrectly, you will find that your writing will be better received, and you will sound like someone who is knowledgeable.

Your

The word "your" is a possessive. It is used to identify things that belong to you. Your hopes, your apples, and your peace of mind are all examples of things that belong to you and are proper ways to use the word "your".

Just like "our" refers to things that belong to us, "your" refers to things that belong to you.

You're

"You're" is a contraction of the words "you are". You're going to have to remember what time you're supposed to get there. You're having a good time reading this hub. I think you're finding this hub to be very informative.

The apostrophe is there to replace the missing letter. Use "you're" where you can substitute the words "you are" in its place.

Examples of Your vs. You're

You have probably seen these words used incorrectly in other writing. I am providing some examples of some sentences which use these words correctly, so you can get used to seeing them this way.

  • You're going to start using these terms correctly on your hubs right away.
  • Your hubs are going to shine since you're going to use these words correctly.
  • You're going to give him a piece of your pie.

Yore

There is another word that is a homonym of your and you're. It is pronounced the same way, but it is not commonly confused with the other two. Yore means times long past, and is not used very often in modern times.

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      Word Pools 5 years ago from United States of America

      rutley - thank you.

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      rutley 5 years ago from South Jersey

      thanks......interesting and informative!

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      Word Pools 5 years ago from United States of America

      WayneDave - the rule is easy, it is just remembering to use it that is difficult.

      jpcmc - thank you for the welcome! I liked how you synchronized the band and the fireworks!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I know what you mean Word Pools. I'm currently designing a training course on basic grammar for my office and I'm getting paranoid. LOL. I must practice what I preach!

      Also, I forgot to welcome you to the community. So here it is: Welcome to Hubpages. (cue the band and fireworks)

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      WayneDave 5 years ago from Leeds, England

      It's so easy.