Your vs. You're

The Showdown

I know, I know.  They're two different words.  But not everyone knows that - in fact, I just stumbled across a freelance writer's blog that's absolutely littered with the wrong instances of each.

YOUR is what you use when something belongs to the person you are talking to.

  • Your book is amazing!
  • Your blog looks like crap!
  • Your dog ate my begonias!

YOU'RE is what you use when you want to say 'you are' by putting the words together (you know, kind-of like contracting them).

  • You're a great writer!
  • You're not too good at web design.
  • You're going to have to keep that dog out of my yard.

These words are so abused that many people don't even notice when someone else is using them incorrectly - but there are still many of us who do, so if you're trying to become a freelance writer, make sure your use of these two sad little words is appropriate.

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