Your or you’re – a spark of misspelling that can conflagrate the most tame grammar argument. It has gotten worse in recent years with the rise of text speak or SMS language. If you’ve ever seen ‘ur’ or ‘u r’ then you’ve seen the simple abbreviation of the above words. That isn’t to say these are supposed to be substitutes, but using the SMS abbreviations is an easy way out of remembering the difference between the two. The misspelling is so common that one of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation, poked fun at it. Can you tell us which is correct?

“When you’re here then you’re home”

or

“When your here then your home”

By the end of this article you’ll laugh at how easy that example is, and remember the difference between your and you’re.

I’m firmly in the “Leslie Knope” camp here.

First things first, what exactly is ‘your?’

Your is simultaneously a possessive determiner, an attributive adjective, and just an adjective. All definitions agree that the word means something related to your self, physique, or belongings or related to the person you are addressing and their self, physique, or belongings. All of that can be boiled down to you or a person’s stuff, person, and associated paraphernalia. For example, your car and your home are both possessions, but so is your idea. Your face definitely belongs to you, but your friend’s face is still theirs – and they’re still yourfriend. A good way to remember this is: whose thing/place/idea/body part is this? Yours!

Your style is your own.

Now for the second part: ‘you’re.’

You’re is the contraction of the words “you” and “are.” It is followed by a noun, adjective, or present participle. Here are examples for each:

  • Noun: When you’re here, you’re family.
  • Adjective: You’re organized, a good quality in a city counselor.
  • Present participle: You’re making a city slogan!

You can use ‘you’re’ in a variety of situations, and it’s widely searched on the internet for its definition. The absolute golden rule for ‘you’re vs your’ is: if the sentence makes sense with ‘you are’, use the contraction you’re!

Ross gets it.

With all of that, what is your choice for the right answer between these two?

‘’When you’re here then you’re home’’

Or

‘’When your here then your home’’

If you picked the right one, congratulations! You’ve overcome a mental block many people struggle with! Keep the golden rule ‘you are = you’re’ in mind and you won’t struggle with this term again! Now, get back to your work, where you’re needed!

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