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05/19/2015
Speaking English and writing English are two completely different skills to master. Where speaking is a natural ability learned over time by mimicking what we hear and experience around us, writing is a skill that takes explanation and practice to fully comprehend. One reason writing can be so hard is because English has so many homophones. A homophone is a word or group of words that sound the same but have different spelling and meaning. Today, The Tutoring Center in Wichita would like to help clarify two of the most commonly misused homophones: your, you’re.

Your

Write ‘your’ as the possessive form of you. The possessive form refers to something that a person has, something that belongs to the person in question, or the person you are talking to. ‘Your’ reflects ownership, as in "yours, mine, and ours". Remember that the word your will usually not be followed by a noun.

Examples: "Is your jacket too big?"             
"Your car is parked in the garage."

You’re

Simply put, “you’re” is the lazy way of writing “you are”. We use many different contractions to help our writing sound more fluid and natural. However, misusing “your” in place of “you’re” is common when writing and confusing for readers. When you are writing a sentence and you aren’t sure whether to use you’re or not, try saying the sentence with “you are” in its place; if the sentence sounds fine, you are correct.

Examples: “You’re a fantastic driver.”            
“You’re looking very beautiful today.”

- Notice in the examples above “you are” can be substituted and the sentences still make sense.

Becoming a master at writing takes years of practice and instruction. Many students go their entire academic careers without ever mastering rhetoric. If you are interested in one-to-one writing instruction in Wichita, private tutors, or information about other specialized academic programs this summer, contact us today at 316-854-3000.

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