Think Like an Editor blog by Steve Davis and Emilie Davis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Your or you’re? Here’s how to remember

By · Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Pity the poor phrase “you’re welcome” because it often appears incorrectly as “your welcome.”

The two words have different meanings and uses, and here are some tips to help you choose the right one.

Tip for you’re: Memorize the following example and use it as a model for choosing “you’re” over “your.”

Example: 

Thank you for the takeout food.

You’re welcome.

Remember this example about “takeout” food and recognize that you had to “take out” the “a” in “you are welcome” and replace it with an apostrophe to form the contraction “you’re” — as in “you’re welcome.”

Tip for your: Memorize the following example and use it as a model for choosing “your” over “you’re.”

Example: 

We wiped our feet on your rug.

The word “our” is contained in the word “your” — both are possessives. Neither takes an apostrophe.

Grammar is at the heart of good writing and editing, so we hope you find these usage tips helpful in your storytelling.

 

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