YOUR or YOU’RE? What’s the difference?
DEFINITION for YOUR
YOUR is a possessive adjective. Follow YOUR with a noun (a person, a place, or a thing).
The noun belongs to you.
As you can see from the examples below, it sounds odd to say that a person, or a place, or even some things belong to a person, but it can be helpful to think of belonging for the purposes of getting the spelling right!
- You should put on your sweater. (i.e., The sweater belongs to you.)
- Your country is beautiful. (i.e., The country belongs to you. The country is the one you call home.)
- Aren’t you going to eat your salad? (i.e., The salad belongs to you.The salad is the one in front of you. )
- Your boyfriend seems like a really nice guy. (i.e., That guy belongs to you. You have a relationship with him.)
DEFINITION for YOU’RE
YOU’RE is a contraction. It always means YOU ARE.
- You’re going to be cold. (i.e., You are going to be cold.)
- I think you’re going to like this. (i.e., I think you are going to like this.)
- You’re late. You’re angry. (i.e., You are late. You are angry.)
- You’re not going to eat this salad? (i.e., You are not going to eat this salad?)
- I just found out that you’re dating my friend’s cousin! (i.e., … you are dating)
Lesson on POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES
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