It’s YOU’RE, not YOUR. YOU’RE with an apostrophe in the middle: Y-O-U-‘-R-E

I wish I had a £100 for every time I got a communication with YOUR instead of YOU’RE. I’d be RICH. For example “I appreciate YOUR busy…”, which came in an email this morning. I see this incorrect spelling of YOU’RE everywhere and not just in emails but in places where it shouldn’t be i.e. printed literature and websites. YOU’RE is short for YOU ARE. That’s why there’s the apostrophe; the two words are meshed together. YOUR is the ‘possessive’ i.e. “I appreciate YOU’RE busy because of YOUR heavy workload”. Got it?

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One thought on “It’s YOU’RE, not YOUR. YOU’RE with an apostrophe in the middle: Y-O-U-‘-R-E

  1. Got it! The incorrect use of your and you’re winds me up too… and I don’t understand why it seems so difficult for people to use the apostrophe correctly as I think it’s one of the easier situations to work out. Often I think laziness is a big part of this as correct punctuation seems to matter less and less to more and more.

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