Your, You’re: Grammar for Bloggers

Friday, April 20, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 11 Comments

Your, you’re – what’s the difference? Grammar is very important for bloggers. But nobody – not even a professional blogger– is perfect. For instance, bloggers sometimes interchange your and you’re. So, I’m offering a funny, self-derogatory (and unforgettable) way of differentiating you’re and your!

YOU’RE, YOUR: Why Bloggers Need to Know

Knowing how to use YOUR and YOU’RE can actually help your blog rank higher in search engines. Grammar is one of the things that can get you ranked high on Google search results (and having bad grammar can be one of the reasons why Google Panda hates your blog).

YOUR, YOU’RE

A lot of people can’t remember the difference between your and you’re. At one point, everyone learned about what both mean, but it can get confusing for many people. But there are many ways to remember the difference between you’re and your.

Your and You're

Before I introduce the humorous (and, hopefully, unforgettable) take on differentiating these two words, let us define them formally. Read on and never interchange YOUR and YOU’RE again!

“YOUR” is a pronoun that shows possession. In other words, anything that is YOUR property is owned by YOU.

“YOU’RE”, on the other hand, is a contraction for the phrase “you are”. The letter “a”, which disappears in the contraction, is replaced by an apostrophe.

Now, it’s time to poke fun at ourselves! If you do make a grammar faux pas below, don’t forget to laugh at your own mistakes. Smile Let the fun part begin!

Use “Your” in a Sentence

Now, it’s time to use “your” in a sentence. Remember that it is a possessive pronoun. Here is one way that you will never again forget what “your” means:

When you use “your” in a sentence but you aren’t sure if you are using the right word, replace “YOUR” with “MY”.

After all, “my” is also a possessive pronoun. If the sentence still makes sense after you do this technique, then you are using the right word.

For instance, I will use “your” in a sentence:

YOUR grasp of the English language really sucks.

Did I use “your” correctly? You’re not sure? Well, let’s replace “your” with “my” and let’s see if it still makes sense as a self-deprecating statement:

MY grasp of the English language really sucks.

Well, that still makes sense, doesn’t it? I just hope it isn’t true, ha ha! Now, you know how to use “your” in a sentence!

Use “You’re” in a Sentence

This time, let’s use “you’re” in a sentence. Remember that this is a contraction of the phrase “you are”. For you never to forget how to use “you’re” in a sentence, this is what you should do:

When you use “you’re” in a sentence but you aren’t sure if you are using the right word, replace “YOU’RE” with “I’M”.

After all, “you’re” is the second person version of “I’m”. And they both use an apostrophe, so you’re bound never to forget. If the sentence still makes sense after you do this technique, then you are using the right word.

Again, I will try to use “you’re” in a sentence:

YOU’RE wondering why you passed English 101 in the first place.

So, ask yourself, did I use “you’re” correctly? If you aren’t too certain, then replace “you’re” with “I’m” and check if it still makes sense:

I’M wondering why you passed English 101 in the first place.

It looks like the sentence still makes sense, doesn’t it? Then, you are using “YOU’RE” correctly! Now, you know how the difference between “you’re” and “your”.

Difference Between YOUR, YOU’RE

Now, try filling in the blanks in the following sentences with either you’re or your. Remember to use the above techniques, okay? Oh, and enjoy as you poke fun on your grammar skills! Open-mouthed smile

  1. ____________ English teacher must be really disappointed in you.
  2. In class, ____________ probably the student with the lowest grade in English.

Well, which is which? Did you use the right terms? Remember the difference between you’re and your – and remember the techniques I taught you! And if you still can’t figure out the difference, well, at least you got to laugh a little at your own mistakes, yes?

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11 comments:

  1. This mistake happens a lot with Filipinos whose second language is English.

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  2. Buti nalang English is my first language! Hehehe! :D

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  3. confusing at times, but i have a habit of checking and re-checking sentences before i post it publicly. :)

    nice one, stef! :)

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  4. As a grammar nazi, I fully support your effort to propagate good grammar! :D

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  5. It doesn't hurt to aim for self-improvement. :) I know many of our friends, bloggers and non-bloggers alike, would love to give grammar a do-over, if only to correct their "pet mistakes".

    This is one fun blog post that helps us realize we aren't perfect (not only in terms of grammar) and, hopefully, reading this blog post becomes an unforgettable learning experience!

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  6. This is so simple yet usually forgotten by many bloggers.. >.< I'm not a big grammar nazi but I find it annoying to read posts with a lot of mistakes. Hope more bloggers will at least aim to improve their spelling and grammar. I'm not perfect with English, but I try to learn from my mistakes.. :) Anyway, great post Stef!

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  7. Using proper grammar in blogs can be developed through experience and exposure, aside from of course the knowledge about the basic grammar use. I must admit that I sometimes misuse You're and Your whenever I write but my way to avoid it is by reading my work over and over again until it sounds better when read. Something like that. :)

    I'm still in the process of making my grammar better, and your tips here are really useful. haha. Thank you for the info, Miss Stef! :D

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  8. Informative, as well as entertaining post, Stef! :)

    Although not a grammar nazi, my attention does wane when reading text riddled with misspellings and mishaps in grammar. I can't help wishing that the blogger/writer could have taken more time in writing.

    BUT, I understand since it does happen a lot to me as well.

    I would say it's lack of time versus the need to simply put a raw version of my writing out there before I get too self-conscious and not share/write at all. This coming from someone, whose profession has been writing but suffered from chronic writer's block (could not even write a personal letter).

    What I do though (but it came after a while) is simply dig old posts, and reread them again for editing. :) This way I serve my need for writing theraphy (without worrying about details), and my perfectionist needs.

    Going back to your post :P . . . the use of your and you're I have observed is the most common mistake one could read in texts, and yes, admittedly I do get frustrated about that, too even though I have had this chronic writer's block, and can put myself in the position of a writer, whose aim perhaps is simply to communicate.

    Sadly, the reality is if you're not doing it properly, then your message might not come across. >.<

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  9. I love how you said it, Joanna, that if you're not (writing) it properly, then your message might not come across. True! Many of my fellow writers look down on my fellow bloggers because of grammar issues. Ergo, this post, hehe.

    Sumi and BeyondPraise, thank you, thank you for always dropping by! Hopefully, I get to visit your blogs properly, too - I think I owe you guys a visit via your blogs. :)

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  10. A simple test/trick on the 'your, you're' predicament is use 'you are' instead of 'you're.' If it sounds right then you are on the right track. Lapses on grammar breaks the momentum of the readers and reduces the appreciation of the contents.

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  11. I've used that trick with a close friend of mine before. God, it didn't work, sigh! He keeps making the same mistake despite the simple rule you mentioned.

    It's the most basic rule, really, but many can't remember simply because they THINK grammar is difficult, not because it truly is.

    Ergo, this blog post. Hehehe. :)

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