Saturday, September 11, 2010

Your vs. You're: It's as Easy as ABC

I love it when folks use Twitter as a teaching tool. @laura_thompson tweeted:
Dear ABC: Next time you use subtitles, remember... Y-O-U apostrophe R-E means "you are". Y-O-U-R means "your"

Where does ABC go wrong? It doesn't use the contraction you're as a shorter version of you are. And why is there a question mark? That's a statement, not a question.

Quick rules: 
  • Use your to show possession. We're watching ABC on your TV.
  • Use you're as a contraction for you are. It's hard to take you seriously when you're laughing so hard.

  • I don't get what you're saying.