Easy Grammar Tip #1 - Your and You're
Since I've been teaching for 22 years, and I have a Master's Degree in Education - I thought it would be good practice to offer quick grammar tips here and there. I see a lot of writing mistakes on websites and social media. My inner control freak wishes to correct all the mistakes I see. That is not possible. So a blog post is the next best thing.
I know many here struggle with fluent English. I know how that feels as I work and live in communities that are Spanish dominant. Communicating flawlessly in a second language is not an easy task.
So today's tip is a common mistake that I see everywhere:
You're is short for "you are." The A is dropped and substituted with an apostrophe. To make sure you are using this properly, read the sentence aloud and substitute "you are" for "you're". If "you are" makes sense in the sentence you're all set!
The word "your" has no substitutions. And it does not mean "you are" The above graphic is a good example if I try to substitute.
"Is that you are book, or do you need to return it to the library?" This sentence makes no sense, so I know "your" is the proper word to use.
I hope this helps anyone who is confused. I will do my best to post more grammar and usage tips as my full time job allows. :-)