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    You're and Your, etc.
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    You're and Your, etc.
    It's my belief that a main reason these two words (you're and your) are mixed up in writing is because of a mistaken pronunciation when speaking. Many people (even singers, if you listen closely you'll hear it) pronounce both words like their "3rd twin" - yore. That's correct for your but not for you're, which is pronounced more like (the correct pronunciation of) sure or cure. A good online dictionary with audio will help sort it out.

    Thoughts on this, or other pronunciation, spelling errors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    It's my belief that a main reason these two words (you're and your) are mixed up in writing is because of a mistaken pronunciation when speaking.
    Another reason is "you're" is a contraction & actually stands for "you are". I think many times "you're" is used when "your" should be used. Many times if I get confused when I'm using "you're"...I substitute "you are" into the sentence. If "you are" doesn't sound correct...then I don't use "you're"...and do use "your".

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    I have found, that auto correct some times changes the spelling, in some instances.
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    Hey, that's an easy one..... just pronounce it as "you'all" (Texas style) LOL.

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    As this particular forum is “neutral” so to speak, I’ll add my pennyworth.

    There has been a move in the UK to do away with the apostrophe because, it is claimed, it is too difficult for the modern generation to take this on board.

    I disagree, but of course I would given my age

    The apostrophe either signifies belonging to - John’s book or is in place of a missing letter - it’s, meaning it is. Or can’t, meaning can not or cannot. You’re meaning you are.

    Its and it’s are more problematic. It’s a a book is easy - meaning it is a book. A cat has claws. Its claws are sharp (no apostrophe).

    I personally don’t (note the apostrophe) think that pronunciation has much to do with it. It’s (apostrophe) more a question of education.

    Don’t take me too seriously, this is a neutral, even tongue in cheek forum.

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    Hi Ian:

    If you think the modern generation there in the UK has some difficulty with the apostrophe, you should live here in the US for awhile and see how our modern generation has difficulty with the English language in general. I hate to say this but I have run across individuals who supposedly are educated (high school, college, etc.) who can't spell and are terrible with grammar.

    I could go on but will abandon my soap box for now.

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    The one that I find confuses people significantly more than "your" and "you're" is "its" and "it's".
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    As a retire teacher I can remember gritting my teeth as I explained how it was improper to us texting shorthand when writing a paper. I still remember looking at a young lady who was clueless as to why it was not okay to use "u" in place of "you" and "4" instead of "for".

    So mixing up your and you're, while an obvious mistake when used improperly, it beats "ur " in my book.

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    Your vs You're and its vs it's is pretty straight forward.
    At least American English, Canadian English and British English are all the same in that case.

    But I'm sometimes not sure what acceptable American English spelling actually is.

    For "colour" it's "color" in American English, that's well established. But take a word like "light" for instance - is that correctly spelled "lite" in American, or does that fall into the catogory as "u" for "you"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Hey, that's an easy one..... just pronounce it as "you'all" (Texas style) LOL.

    Good suggestion Charlie, but I understood that you Texans pronounced it as yaul or yawl, just like the type of sailing boat.


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    But take a word like "light" for instance - is that correctly spelled "lite" in American, or does that fall into the catogory as "u" for "you"?
    Then when you see litebulb, it must be a very lite as in weight, bulb, but not a bulb like a tulip, but rather one as found in a lamp.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Then when you see litebulb, it must be a very lite as in weight, bulb, but not a bulb like a tulip, but rather one as found in a lamp.


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    Of course, the other trap is the word “None”.

    None always takes a singular verb because it is a contraction of “not one”.

    So none of us IS going to the game, is correct. Wrong to say none of us are....... The confusion is amplified because the latter often sounds better than the correct way

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    None always takes a singular verb because it is a contraction of “not one”.

    Hmmm... I had to use google to discover what a singular verb is or was.

    Subject-Verb Agreement | Grammar Rules



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    @krs | "lite" is used in the US on food and beverage labels to indicate lower calories

    Back to my main point: Doesn't anyone else notice people pronouncing "you're" like "your"? Or is it (is't?) just me?

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