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You’re Vs. Your

vsAn easy way to remember the difference between “you’re” and “your” is simple: “you’re” is a contraction of two words, “you are” whereas “your” is possessive. If you are writing and can not drop the apostrophe to replace “you’re” with “you are,” fall back on to “your.”
For example:
“You’re totally fantastic!” relays “You are totally fantastic” when the apostrophe is dropped.


“Your shirt brings out the color of your eyes” suggests ownership (and other things perhaps) yet “You are shirt brings out the color of your eyes” makes no sense.

Save the apostrophe and be mindful that if you can not replace your “you’re” with “you are,” use your.

You’re vs. Your
“Your” and “you’re” sound just alike, but they have totally different meanings. “Your” is the possessive form of you. “You’re” is a contraction for “you are.”
There’s an easy test to make sure you always get it right. If you can replace “you’re” with “you are,” the contraction is correct. At other times, you are probably expressing possession, so you will want to use “your.”
Example: You’re going to miss your appointment, if you don’t leave soon.