Common English Mistakes and Mixups: your vs. you’re

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Your and you’re are two words that native speakers and non-native speakers of English both mix up.  It is a very common spelling error. However, it is also easily avoidable with a bit of forethought :). 

Your is a possessive pronoun. You use it to identify that something belongs to ‘you’.

For example:

  • That’s your coat.
  • I think your cat is super cute

You’re is a contraction (short form) of you are.

  • You’re coming to my birthday party tonight, right?
  • You’re not going to believe the crazy stuff that happened to me today!

A tip to prevent the error:

Read the sentence out loud after you write it. Usually when you read something out loud it is very easy to feel when something is awkward or not quite right. 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I have seen many people using the same mistake. This is useful
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    1. Autumn says:

      Glad you found this helpful :).

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