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Friday, March 27, 2009
"Your going to hurt yourself."
"You're car is a piece of junk."

Another common error in English that I see all the time (even though I'm certain the mistake makers know better), is swapping "your" for "you're" or vice versa. This shouldn't be that hard to remember. You're is merely short for you are, while your refers to possession. If you get confused, try substituting in you are and see if the sentence still makes sense.

"Their going to the movies tonight."
"They're job is secure."
"There quarterback threw a perfect pass."

On a related note, I also see "their", "they're", and "there" abused frequently. Their, like your, refers to possession. They're means they are. And there covers everything else (location, situation, state).

5 comments:

Steve Martin said...

I appreciate you're pointing this out.

Back in the days of your, they wood never have made such egregious errors.

Your to be commended for yore efforts!

Darius said...

Ooh, I forgot about THAT yore.

Dave Miller said...

Irregardless, this is a mute point.

Dave Miller said...

Blog's like this sometimes annoy myself.

Its you're misteak to write something like this.

Thank you, myself will be hear all weak.

Darius said...

Thanks Dave. :)

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