I Correct It

your /jʊə/
possessive pronoun belonging to you
you’re /jʊə/
contraction you are

Your and You’re

Mistakenly using your instead of you’re (or vice versa) is a common grammatical error. The confusion arises because the two words are pronounced identically. Here’s how to know which word to use.


The word you’re is a contraction — a shortened form — of you are.

I hope you’re okay!
I hope you are okay!
You’re very pretty.
You are very pretty.
Do you know where you’re going?
Do you know where you are going?


The word your is possessive. It indicates ownership of something. In almost all cases, it is followed by a noun — the thing that is owned.

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