Your or You're?

The most common English vocabulary mistake of native speakers is replacing "you are" and especially "you're" with "your."

We know that you're wondering why your inbox has an article like this. You may already know the difference very well and don't want to waste your valuable time reading about it. We get that.

However, we thought you should know that the most commonly made mistake in the English language is misusing your to mean you are or you're.*.

In fact, you will see this mistake so often that you may start to doubt what you have learned. We don't want this to happen to you!

This mistake is commonly made by native speakers, but not so often by those for whom English is a secondary language. Still, with the prevalence of this error, it could be dangerously influential, so we decided to warn you about it. If you ask a native speaker about these words, you may not get a completely correct explanation!

Everyone knows you're is a contraction for you are.

Everyone knows that when you want to show something belongs to you that your is the right word for that.

Are you with us so far? Of course you are.

The problem is that too many people (too many native speakers) incorrectly think your means not only your but also you are.

This mistake is made so often that it has almost become acceptable, but Parlay Vacay is fighting back. You can always count on us.

We asked numerous people who made these mistakes (not typos) for the reasoning behind them, so we could better clarify the confusion for everyone. The quotation marks indicate what they actually said.

You're is not "a contraction of your."

You're is a contraction of you are.

Your is not "short for you're."

Your is a different word from you're.

*Misusing it's to mean its is #1 too because it is happens in a higher percentage of total attempts, but your wins for the total number of times misapplied.

We know you're happy that we affirmed your impressive knowledge of English. We've always got your back. Thanks for reading.


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