Don’t blink! This reminder is a short one

By · Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

not teaching,
still THINKING …

Two words that commonly get misused because they get misspelled are “your” and “you’re.” Before you get scared off by this grammar reminder, read this short post to see how simple it is to keep these words in their proper places.

YOUR means “something that belongs to you.” Memory aid: We wiped our feet on your rug. Reasoning: “Our” is contained in the word “your” — neither takes an apostrophe.

YOU’RE means “you are.” Memory aid: Thank you for the takeout food. You’re welcome. Reasoning: In this aid about takeout food, we had to “take out” the “a” in “you are welcome” and replace it with an apostrophe to form the correct choice — “you’re.”

See? Short and simple.

(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

 

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