Difference between Your and You’re

The words ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ is common in terms of their pronunciation but differ in their meaning and usage. ‘You’re’ is a contraction of the phrase you are. ‘Your’ is a possessive adjective used to show ownership. While there are many of us, who use them interchangeably, due to lack of knowledge in this regard. We use ‘your’’ when we want to express belongingness of the other person to the conversation, to something. ‘Your’ is the possessive form of the pronoun you. It is used as a second-person possessive adjective

On the contrary, ‘you’re’’ is a contraction, for the term ‘you are’, which is used informally in the sentences. The word ‘you’re’ is a contraction of the words “you” and “are”.  The apostrophe in a contraction represents missing letters, in this case, the missing “a”.

While ‘your’ is a possessive adjective, ‘’you’re’ is a contraction. Basically, ‘’your’ is used before a noun, whereas ‘you’re’ is followed by an adjective or a present participle, i.e. verb that ends with -ing.

Difference between Your and You’re


  • ‘Your’ is a term used to show belongingness to the person, the speaker is talking about.
  • ‘Your’ is the second person possessive adjective, used to describe something as belonging to you. ‘Your’ is always followed by a noun or gerund.
  • The word ‘your’ is a determiner that is used in sentences to express the possession or ownership over something, of the person to whom the speaker is referring.
  • The word ‘your’ is a possessive adjective (second person) that highlights possession or ownership, of another person on something. In other words, your is used to express belongingness to you. We use the word ‘your’ with a noun both singular and plural.
  • Example: Here is your clip. What is your permanent address?


  • You’re is nothing but a short form for ‘you are’.
  • ‘You’re’ is the contraction of “you are” and is often followed by the present participle (the verb form ending in -ing).
  • The word ‘you’re’ is a colloquial short word for the term ‘you are’.
  • The word ‘you’re’, is an acronym used commonly for the term ‘you are’, in the informal sense. It is usually followed by an adjective to tell a description or by a present participle, i.e. a verb ending with -ing, to show some action.
  • Example: You’re really beautiful. You’re taking it wrong.