Pet Peeve of the Week: You Mean 'You're', Not 'Your'!

By popular demand, I'm going to tackle the common and classic 'you're' vs. 'your' grammar crime. In the age of texting, instant messaging, and social networking this one has proliferated over the past several years. These words are heterographs. They sound the same, but are spelled differently, and have different meanings. 

It's pretty simple and quick to tell the difference. 'You're' is a contraction. It's two words. You are. You are awesome is the same thing as you're awesome. Your awesome is wrong. 'Your' a pronoun that is the possessive form of you. It comes before a noun and indicates ownership. You don't own awesome—although sometimes I feel like I do. You are awesome. But, you're not awesome if you can't get the difference between 'you're' and 'your'. 

In case that doesn't clear it up, here's a video to help:

There you have it. That's your lesson of the week and you're all up to speed.