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Your vs. you’re

Your is the possessive form of you. It functions as an adjective, usually going before the noun it modifies. For example, in the phrase your books, your is an adjective modifying the noun books.

You’re is a contraction of you are. It works anywhere you are would work. So, for example, you are pretty means the same as you’re pretty.

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Examples

Your cat is mean.

You’re the owner of a mean cat.

I wouldn’t want to do your job.

I hope you’re happy with your job.

Your visiting me today is very considerate.

You’re going to have to leave now.

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Comments

  1. These two always makes my brain twitch when I see/hear them used incorrectly.

    It’s even more surprising that this happens because they aren’t even pronounced the same. “YOUR” rhymes with “SNORE.” “YOU’RE” rhymes with “TOUR.”

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