01 January 2013

Weekly Grammar Lesson

This is a new segment I've decided to start after observing people's lack of English skills on the Internet. Let's begin...

Lesson 1: "Your" vs. "You're"

"Your" is a possessive word, like "my" or "his." It is NOT a verb, so don't use it as one.
Example: That is your ball.
You could replace "your" with "my" or his" like I said above because they are all possessive. The ball belongs to you. It is your ball.

"You're" is a contraction meaning "you are." In most cases, apostrophes are used to replace letters. In this case, the apostrophe is replacing the "a" in "are." This IS a verb and should be used as one. It's just like "I am" or "he's" (I'm using the contraction form of "he is" to make it more relatable).
Example: You're going to the store.
You are going to the store. You could also say "I am" or "he's" in place of "you're."

Quiz!:
Fill in the blank with either "your" or "you're"
1. I like ____ hat.
2. Is this ____ dog?
3. Oh, ____ busy? My apologies.
4. ____ going to love this movie!
5. ____ pineapple is ready, ma'am.




Quiz! answers: 1. Your 2. Your 3. You're 4. You're 5. Your

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