Your vs. You’re


I want to be you're lawyer!

Your and you’re.

This one is actually a blessing in disguise, did you know that? It’s the kind of lazy mistake that often is a dead giveaway of spammers, scammers and other unsavory characters. If you’re a criminal, you don’t have the time or inclination to pay attention to silly grammar rules–you’ve got money to steal! (Or, as in my story about the lawyer who sent out a blast email blaring “SOMEDAY YOUR GOING TO NEED A LAWYER!!!”, you’ve got class akshun soots to persoo.)

Let’s start with you’re. You’re is a contraction of you are. If you’re a loyal Conan follower, then you know what that apostrophe means — it means that a letter has ducked out for a smoke break, and Mr. Apostrophe is saving its place in the buffet line. The letter that’s missing is A.

Your, on the other hand, is the possessive form of you, as in

It’s your own fault if you use you’re as the possessive form of you.

Or

Your sloppiness and inattention to detail will make you look foolish or worse if you continue to ignore the difference between your and you’re.

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1 Comment

  1. I have to admit, it bothers me when people get these confused because it would appear a relatively simple one to figure out. That said, I probably make a lot of mistakes that annoy people as well.


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