Use Of English: Your and You’re

The two words “Your” and “You’re” are often mixed up in use. Again, they are not interchangeable, so you need to know how and where to use them.


“Your” is used when you need to express possession or express that something belongs to someone. “Your” is the opposite of “my”. If you want to use “your”, do a double check to see if “my” would fit in there. If it doesn’t, then don’t. Examples of proper usage:

  • This is your book. (opposite: This is my book)
  • Your governor is a crook!
  • Look at your mouth!
  • I like your car.

Wrong usage: “I think your a mad man.” is wrong. Replace “your” there with “my”and you can immediately tell that it doesn’t fit in.


On the other hand, “you’re” is an abbreviation of the two words “you are”. Any time you want you use “you’re”, simply double check to see if “you are” would fit in there. If it doesn’t, don’t use it. Examples of proper usage:

  • You’re a boy. (You are a boy)
  • I do not like it when you’re like that. (I do not like it when you are like that)

Wrong usage: “You’re governor is a crook.” What that sentence has said is this: “You are governor is a crook.” That is incorrect. The correct sentence is: “Your governor is a crook”.

Don’t forget these tips:

  • use Your if “my” would fit in as a replacement.
  • use You’re when you mean to say “you are”.

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  1. EyeBeeKay June 5, 2014

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