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What is the Difference Between Your and You’re?

“Your” and “you’re” sound the same. However, they are obviously not the same word. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. So, what is the difference between the two? Let us take a look!

“You’re” is simply an abbreviation of “you are.” There was a time in history where “you’re” was never or rarely spoken, while “you are” were the proper choice of words. Later, when people began speaking faster, using slang, and abbreviating words such as “can not” to “cannot” and “will not” to “won’t,” the words “you are” also got an abbreviation. “You’re” is that abbreviation. In fact, the apostrophe simply replaces the missing letter in “are” and indicates that the word “you’re” is an abbreviation of two words.

Example: “You’re going to be late.” = “You are going to be late.”

Example: “You’re here.” = “You are here.”

“Your,” on the other hand, simply indicates that something belongs to you.

Example: “Your dog is lost!”

Example: “Your dad is here.”

Example: “How do you not have your work?”

Example: “I told your friend to go to class.”

It is easy to remember the difference between “your” and “you’re.” Just recall that the apostrophe in “you’re” indicates an abbreviation, and you are good to go.

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