Certain words in English sound exactly the same as each other and can be confusing. In fact, many native English speakers confuse these words as they sound exactly the same. We are going to explain the difference between YOUR OR YOU´RE so that you do not make the same grammatical mistakes.


Your is a possessive adjective that is used to denote the possession of something.

This is your necklace that you were looking for the other day. Have you seen the jacket that I left in your house?


You´re is a contraction of two words, the subject pronoun (you) and the conjugation of the verb to be (are).

You´re such an excellent cook that you could have become a chef. You´re very happy today, why is that?


We usually use you´re as a contraction in the present continuous tense:

You´re listening to music right now.

While I am doing an assignment, you´re relaxing on the sofa.


To use grammatically correct English, it is essential to know the difference between these similar words, for more information see one of our courses.


Practice questions:

  1. Who is your best friend and why?
  2. When was the last time that you lost your keys?
  3. Have you ever lost your passport while you were on holiday?
  4. Who do you talk to when you´re annoyed?
  5. If you´re really stressed, how do you unwind?



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