Sunday, March 24, 2013

I can make you smarter in 5 minutes!

Last week, I shared with you my passion for helping change the way we speak and write.  Selfishly, I want you to support the learning of my students, so that they will do well on their test.   

If you are using your\you're incorrectly, it is like saying 2+2=3.  I mean, you would be upset if another teacher walked into your classroom and told your students that.


oh yes, pet hate - incorrect usage of you're and your!

Like the above comic states, your shows possession.
  • I want your sandwich.
  • Your dog is pretty. 
  • It is your turn.
To check if you need an apostrophe, plug in "you are".
  • I want you are sandwich.  
  • You are dog is pretty.
  • It is you are turn.
Nope, it doesn't work.

Usually people err on the side of using your when you're is correct.  I guess that extra letter and an apostrophe are a killer to type.

You're is a contraction which stands for you are.
  • You're stepping on my shoe.
  • You better come inside, or you're going to be in trouble.
  • You're running too fast.
Shabam!  Let's check to see if we need that apostrophe by plugging in the words "you are".
  • You are stepping on my shoe.
  • You better come inside, or you are going to be in trouble.
  • You are running too fast.

Just like that, you are smarter..  Or at least you sound smarter,


  1. oh this drives me NUTS! please let me know if I ever have any mistakes YOU'RE the best ;)

    1. It is hard to write a post like that calling others out, knowing that I make mistakes, too. But in all honestly, I am just trying to help:) Even if it is me selfishly getting others to teach through correct usage. I will point it out if I ever see it:))