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Yore vs your or you’re

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  • Yore, your and you’re are words that are all pronounced in the same fashion but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words yore, your and you’re where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

    Yore is past or former times, days that occurred long ago. Yore is often used when speaking of bygone days that are considered romantic or for which one feels nostalgic. The word yore is derived from the Old English word geāra and geāre, which mean former times.

    Your is the possessive form of you. It functions as an adjective, usually preceding the noun it modifies. It may be used as a possessive determiner to designate that something belongs to the person the speaker is addressing. The word your is derived from the Old English word ēower.

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    You’re is a contraction of you are. A contraction is an abbreviated word formed by removing a letter or multiple letters from a longer word or phrase. The omitted letters are replaced by an apostrophe.

    Examples

    AS CLEAR AS an actual snapshot of yore, I can still see Moran’s main street in what then was still a vibrant downtown area, all roped off as the staging point for the mixture of merriment and mayhem that marked the occasion. (The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

    As your body’s ­control centre, your brain keeps your heart beating, lungs breathing and lets you move, feel and think. (The Mirror)

    But if you’re not, say, a protein shake-addicted swole bro with the pecs of a fitness model but the social skills of a spoiled pre-teen (we hope you’re not reading this, Chad) who looks good in anything, wearing a henley the right way can be tricky. (GQ Magazine)

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