Your and You'reYou caught me! I’m at it again, whinging on Wednesdays. You know, I should really try to find a way to kick this very annoying habit, but I think I like it too much.
We all have our nemesis where the English language is concerned. For me, it’s words that end in ‘tor’ or ‘ter.’ I know, I know, for you it’s easy and you can't understand why I can’t spell. Well, on the flip side, many people (and writers) don’t know the difference between your and you’re, while I think it’s a piece of bake (or is that cake?). As we all know, ‘your’ is a possessive pronoun which denotes ownership.
• I love your bag.
• Your daughter is very fat.
• Your tractor is stuck in the mud.
Your – like the other six English pronouns, mine, his, hers, its, ours and theirs, highlights ownership.
You’re on the other hand, is totally different. This is a contraction of two separate words – hence the very obvious apostrophe in the middle.
- You are driving me nuts! is contracted to read, You’re driving me nuts!
- You are so not getting that raise. – You’re joking, right? I ain't giving you a penny more. ...And so on.
And what are you whinging about today?