domingo, 29 de agosto de 2010

Your and you´re - A lot of people seem to confuse them.

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    Understand the proper usage of the word you need. The best way to do that is to sound it out. There is a replacement test that will tell you for certain which word will fit. Read your sentence with "you are" in place of the "your/you're," intended. If it makes sense, then "you're" would be right. If not, then "your" would fit. You could also replace "your" with "my" in the sentence. If it fits, then use "your."

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    Write You're as a contraction or a combination, of the words you and are. Other examples of contractions include doesn't for does notthey're for they are, and can't for can not.
    • "You're a good friend" means "You are a good friend."
    • "I don't know what you're talking about" means "I do not know what you are talking about."

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    Write your as the possessive form of you, referring to something that a person has, something that belongs to the person in question or, the person you are talking to.
    • "Is your stomach growling?"
    • "Your book is on the table."

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    Take a look at some examples. Each of the following examples shows an incorrect use of your/you're, and why it is incorrect.
      • "I can't read you're handwriting."
        • Incorrect, because the contraction for "you are" is being used in place of the possessive form of you. I can't read you are handwriting doesn't make sense. It should be replaced with "your".
      • "If your hungry, then you should probably eat something."
        • Incorrect because there is no possession in question. this passes the replacement test. Rewriting it with "you are" fits. This should be replaced with you're, or you are.
      • "I think your very smart."
        • Again, incorrect. The "very smart" does not belong to the person that you are talking to — this doesn't make any sense. Replace your with you're, or you are.

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