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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (July 23, 2007)

Using Your Head Using "You're"

As sound-alikes, “your” and “you’re” can cause us to mix up the two in our writing.

The first, your (y-o-u-r) indicates that something belongs to you. Is that your backpack on the table? Have you finished your dinner?

The second, you’re (y-o-u-apostrophe-r-e) is a contraction of the words, you and are. The missing letter “a” is replaced by the apostrophe. You’re a conscientious reader if you’ve read this far!

Keep in mind the two uses of the sound-alike words your and you’re whenever you write.



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