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Your or you’re?

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“You’re” is the shortened form of “you are”.

However, you will often see “your” written instead of “you’re” and vice versa. For example, look at the following incorrect sentences:

If your happy with the goods, we will send an invoice. ×

We’ll let you know when you’re room is ready. ×

These should, of course, be:

If you’re (you are) happy with the goods, we will send an invoice.

We’ll let you know when your room is ready.

The way to check if you are using the correct word is to read it back to yourself.

If you have written “you’re” read this in full as “you are”. If your sentence still makes sense, then “you’re” is correct. If not, you need “your”.

The most common mistake is to use “your” when it should be “you’re”.

If you have written “your” read this as  “you are”. If your sentence makes sense with “you are”, then you should replace “your” with “you’re”.

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Written by Wordwatch

03/03/2010 at 3:08 pm

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