Your versus You're

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Your or You’re-  I am so frustrated with this!!!! I can’t figure out what the difference is.  When I type in your on Microsoft word it is okay, like it doesn’t mark it wrong or anything.  Same thing when I type in you’re, so it is no help (the spellchecker) because both of them are still words.. they are not spelled wrong so I want to put “ Your the best friend a boy could have!” or “You’re the best friend a boy could have!” in my story.  Can you tell me the difference so I know when to use which one?

I'm not sure why you are so frustrated, Lina, or why you have reposted several questions that were asked & answered a day or two ago. A very simple search will provide endless sources to the answers of these common questions if you didn't like the ones we took time to provide.

Patty TAug 25 '13 at 08:49

I reposted it because something went wrong with my account so I had to reopen another one and all my questions were deleted and the answers. So I never got to see the answers if you answered it. So if you could answer it again that is great for me. I tried searching but the answers are complicated it is easier on here when people answer me with a simple answer.

Lina NewbrideAug 25 '13 at 17:52

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“You’re the best friend a boy could have!” in my story. 

You are is written as "you're" and "YOU" is the subject of the sentence. Your, on the other hand, is a possessive pronoun. For instance; I borrowed your friend's  camera last night. 

link answered Aug 25 '13 at 09:09 Sanjay Expert

Thanks Sanjay but what is a possessive pronoun?

Lina NewbrideAug 25 '13 at 17:53

My, our, your, their, his and her are called possessive pronoun.

SanjayAug 26 '13 at 15:49

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You're is a contraction of you are. Your is a possessive pronoun. The possessive pronouns are: my, mine, our, ours, its, his, her, hers, their, theirs, your, yours, whose, and one's.   They are all words that demonstrate ownership.

link comment answered Aug 25 '13 at 18:55 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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This again is simple. You're is a shortened version of you are. If you can read the sentence with 'you are' then this is the correct choice. Your is possessive- your books etc.

link comment answered Aug 28 '13 at 20:58 Damian Farrell New member

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