Difference between you're and your?(when to use your or you're)


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[/h]You're is a contraction of you are. It has no other uses. This is a 100% rule. If you cannot expand it toyou are in your sentence, then it is wrong.


The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
(Lily Tomlin)
(Expands to you are - correct)

Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you're finished.
(Leslie Nielsen)
(Expands to you are - correct)

Please ask Joan to post the parcel when you're in London.
(Expands to you are - correct)

You said that you couldn't believe you're ears.

(Does not expand to you are - should be your)[h=2]Your[/h]The word your sits before another word (usually a noun or a pronoun) to show that it belongs to "you" (e.g., your car, your arm), is of "you" (e.g., your picture, your photograph) or is related to "you" (e.g., your uncle). Your is a possessive adjective. (Other possessive adjectives are: my, your, his, her, its, our and their.)


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(questions belonging to you)

Sarah doesn't look like your sister.
(related to you)