Your vs You’re – The Difference, Examples, and Practice

What is the difference between your and you’re?

The difference between your and you’re is that your shows possession while you’re is short for you are.

How do you use your and you’re correctly?

Always use you’re when you could say ‘you are’. Your is always followed by a noun or gerund (a gerund is a verb used as a noun, e.g. the word smoking in ‘smoking kills’).

When to use your and you’re – examples of sentences

You’re crazy = you are crazy.
Your dog is crazy = the dog belongs to you.

What’s your problem? = the problem belongs to you.
You’re so clever. You solved the problem! = you are clever and you no longer have a problem.

Your birthday is coming soon. Is your mother-in-law coming?
Yes.
You’re not looking forward to that, are you?

In this conversation, you have a birthday so it’s your birthday.
And you have a mother-in-law, so it’s your mother-in-law.
And you are not looking forward to spending time with her.

 

Your vs You're Practice

You, an American, hear someone speaking a foreign language in your hometown. What you do shout at them?

1. Speak English! Your in America!
2. Speak English! You're in America!

It's amazing, and hilariously ironic, how many people write 'Speak English, your in America'. To see a few samples, look at this feed: https://twitter.com/yourinamerica

What is the correct response to this?

1. Your welcome.
2. You're welcome.

I'm working on an article with some alternatives to 'you're welcome'. Watch this space!

How do you address a queen?

1. Your majesty.
2. You're majesty.

Similarly:

For a judge: your honour.
For an enemy: your mama.

What do you say to a girl you like?

1. Your cute.
2. You're cute.

You can also say 'girl you fine!'

What should you say to me when I tell you that you are wrong about something?

1. Your right.
2. You're right.

You better believe I'm right.

All 5 questions completed!


Your vs You're Practice

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Is it your or you’re welcome?

It is you’re welcome. (Meaning, you are welcome.)

Is it when your free or when you’re free?

It is when you’re free. (Meaning, when you are free.)

Is it your right or you’re right?

It is you’re right. Meaning you are right.
However, if you are talking about legal rights, then you might say things like:

  • It is your right to own a gun.
  • If you want to stay silent, that’s your right.

Is it your busy or you’re busy?

It is you’re busy.

Is it your majesty or you’re majesty?

It is your majesty.

Is it your funny or you’re funny?

It is you’re funny.

You might own a funny thing, in which case you could say:

Wear your funny socks to the party. Everyone will love them.

Is it your new or you’re new?

It is you’re new. You are new in the job. You are new in the school.

If you own a new object, you might say:

Is that your new phone?

Is it your or you’re cute?

It is you’re cute.

Can you use you’re at the end of a sentence?

No, you can’t use you’re at the end of a sentence.

It is a clitic – a word which can’t stand on its own and is pronounced as part of a greater whole. Try saying ‘you’re crazy’, and then say it exactly the same but stop before you start the second word. It doesn’t work.

 

Your vs You’re Memes

 

Grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.

Knowing your shit means you know a lot about a topic.

When it comes to pizza, I really know my shit.

Knowing you are shit at something means you know you are bad at it.

I’m really shit at golf. I just can’t hit the ball!

Shut your mouth when you’re talking to me

This is from the movie ‘The Wedding Crashers’. It is said during a conversation about a divorce. It is funny because it makes no sense.

 

When your party is dying and you’re a bard

 

When your party is dying, but you’re just the bard.


Someone found this clip of a girl crying while playing the flute. Her team had just lost the game.

The text refers to playing online video games. A party is a group of people who work together as a team, and a bard is one type of character. Bards usually don’t do much direct fighting, and support the party by playing music.

So it’s YOUR party – your group of friends.

But YOU ARE just the bard and can’t really do anything to help.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands meme

A typical song to sing to children is ‘if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’. It goes like this:

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

After singing ‘clap your hands’ you clap your hands twice.

The gentleman in this video created a new version of the song, which became an instant classic:

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