Your vs. You’re (There’s a reason I’m doing this!)

YOUR say!Ok, first–let me apologize. I went to visit my parents for Father’s Day weekend, and their internet coupled with my internet card resulted in some aggravating results. Also–today is my one year anniversary, so this will be a quick post before I start getting back on track this week. Thanks for dealing with me guys. 😀

So I received in the mail a letter from my alma mater’s alumni department. It congratulated me on my commencement, and asked me to donate money (of course!) But then at the end it said, “You’re donation will go a long way!” Seriously? Did you proofread this before you sent it to EVERY person who’s graduated this past year? Do you think people will donate to something that can’t correct errors like that? Read on to learn the difference between these two words, so that hopefully people will donate to YOUR cause–whatever it may be. 😛

Your

Your is the possessive form of you. Just like “his” is the possessive form of “he” and “her” is the possessive form of “she.” So what does possessive mean? It means that person (you, he, she, etc.) OWNS something. For example, “your cat.” That would mean the cat BELONGS to you. You own it.

You’re

You’re, on the other hand, is a contraction. That means it’s a combination of two words, in this case, “you are.”  The trick to understanding you’re is using the full form of the two words. For example, you could say “You are a good person.” In its contracted form, it would be “You’re a good person.” It will not be possessive, because you cannot OWN “good person.”

Final thoughts

It’s one thing to make a typo, but it’s another thing if you don’t understand the difference. If you didn’t understand, and you ended up here–kudos. I hope this helped you. Good luck!

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