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Your and You're

The following chapter is from my book Follow The White Rabbit.

Chapter 32

YOUR and YOU’RE

I know this is kind of silly, but I still think it needs to be addressed. Actually, judging from what I see on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace—I know it needs to be addressed.

                I need to clarify the differences between the words “your” and “you’re.”

                Most people use the word “your” in every situation. They’ll type things like, “Your the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen,” or “Your gonna have to come out with us tonight.”

                Both sentences are incorrect. I’m not including this in my book because I want to hurt your feelings; I’m including it because I don’t want you to look stupid.

                Understanding the difference between the words “your” and “you’re” is one of life’s most important grammar rules. Yes, the word “grammar” is spelled with “ar” at the end—not “er.” We’ll cover the other grammar rules at some point in the future. As for right now, we have an “ER” emergency: You’re going to address your problem of not understanding the difference between “your” and “you’re.”

                When you’re talking to somebody, you need to consider this question: Do I want to say “You are ____”?  If the answer is yes, then you need to use the contraction known as “you’re.” The apostrophe in that word simply takes the place of the letter “a.” Essentially, you’re saying “You + are.” It’s a contraction (shorter version) of the words “You + are.”

Examples:

“You’re beautiful!”

 “You’re going to have to come with us!”

“You’re learning very quickly.”

 

The other form of “your” is a pronoun that shows possession. It’s like the word “our” or “his” or “her” or “their.”

 

Examples:

“Are you bringing your flat iron?”

“Your butt looks huge in those jeans.”

“I can’t believe your wearing that.”

“Have you seen your shoes?”

 

Ah. Gotcha. The third example in this series was a test. It should actually read: “I can’t believe you’re wearing that.” Remember, it’s like saying, “I can’t believe you are wearing that.”

                Did you catch it?

                Please take a few moments to study these precious grammatical jewels. Trust me; those who know the difference frown upon those who don’t. I know it sounds snobby and shallow, but it’s the way of the intellectual world.

                I’m no grammar wizard; so please feel free to point out any grammatical errors you find in this book. I know it’ll only serve to make me better.  :]

 

Sayeth The White Rabbit:

Arm yourself with grammatical power. Maximize your intellectual capabilities. You’re on your way to grammatical greatness.

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