Commonly Confused Words: “your” vs. “you’re”

29 06 2012

Misused word: Both your and you’re are commonly misused

Examples of misuse: “Have you got you’re coat?”  “Yes.  Your treating me like a child.”

Word it is confused with: Your and you’re are commonly confused with each other

Corrected example: “Have you got your coat?”  “Yes.  You’re treating me like a child.”

Explanation: Your indicates possession – something that belongs to or is part of you: your hat, your nose.  You’re is a contraction of you are.  The apostrophe (‘) indicates that one or more letters have been left out when the words were joined together.  Use you’re if you can put you are in the same place in the sentence and have the same meaning: you’re bossy / you are bossy, you’re running / you are running.

Note: Gerunds go with the possessive, so you should use your.  A gerund is a verb ending with -ing, used as a noun: “Your running is terrible.”

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