You’re or your? Know the difference!

Your vs. You're - Know the Difference
A while ago, an ad for a popular product caught my eye. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the product’s appeal that got my attention, but rather the glaring mistype that said: “Your on!” 

Grammar errors are problematic any time, but when a multi-million dollar corporation pays through the nose for marketing and advertising, it’s especially awkward when a mistake like this slips through the cracks.

Like it’s/its and they’re/their/there, the words you’re and your are often used incorrectly. You’ve seen (or maybe even used) examples like these yourself:

Your the best.
I hope your feeling better soon.
Your making a good point.
Dad says your in trouble!
Your such a talented artist.

Is It You’re or Your? Test It!

When in doubt, try this quick test: Ask yourself if it should say “you are.” If the answer is yes, then you’ll want to use “you’re.”

You’re the best.
I hope you’re feeling better soon.
You’re making a good point.
Dad says you’re in trouble!

You’re such a talented artist.

That little apostrophe makes a world of difference. Practice with your kids to help them use these words correctly. Here are a few quizzes and worksheets to help you get started!

Find more help teaching your kids about important grammar concepts:

Is it you're or your? Know the difference!

5 Comments

  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Heidi

    This is one that really bugs me! There’s someone on FB who consistently gets this wrong and it bugs me because this particular person is in AP English classes. What is the world coming to?!

  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Kim

    Heidi: I hear you. I find myself wanting to teach mini grammar lessons on FB all the time. LOL!

  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Janet

    “Your vs. You’re” joins the “Its vs. It’s” epidemic! Although I daresay “pandemic” is more likely!

  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Heather

    A woman after my own heart!!! And I teach science! ha

  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Kim

    @Janet: Alas, I do my best to get the word out on “its vs it’s” too, but I feel like the proverbial salmon trying to swim upstream.

    @Heather: Sadly, many of those who make this common error have actually confessed that they don’t care whether they’re using the correct spelling. Sigh.

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