September 7 2009

You're vs. Your

by Barbie in Grammar

Grammar Tip!

Today starts a new feature on the blog: the Grammar Tip of the Week. Every Monday, we’ll post an easy-to-remember grammar rule based on common errors we see.

You’re vs. Your

  • You’re is a contraction meaning “you are.”  Your is the possessive form of “you.”
  • You’re going to fail the class if you do not complete your assignment.
  • In this sentence, “You’re” serves as the subject/verb of the sentence (You are), and “your” expresses that the assignment belongs to you.

Tip: If you aren’t sure which form to use, insert “you are” in place of “you’re/your,” and see if it makes sense. If “you are” is correct, use “you’re;” if it isn’t, use “your.”