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.
- What’s your name?
- Is this your dog?
- Your food is getting cold.
- I enjoyed your singing.
- You’re should only be used if it can be replaced with you are.
- Your should only be used if it can be replaced with another possessive like his or her.