Your dinner versus You’re dinner
One leaves you nourished and the other leaves you dead.
Not knowing the usage of ‘your you’re’ leads to one of the most common errors we see children as well as elders make when writing. Even native English speakers make mistakes with these two words.
The word your sits before another word (usually a noun or a pronoun.) It is used to show possession. In simpler words, ‘your’ shows that it belongs to ‘you’ or is related to ‘you.’
Your pen is not working.
Your room is clean as a whistle.
The above two examples show that it belongs to ‘you.’
Your sister is so pretty.
Your uncle and my dad work in the same office.
These examples show that it is related to ‘you.’
Your is a possessive adjective.
You’re is a contraction of you are. It has no other uses. If you cannot expand it to you are in your sentence, then it is wrong.
I can see you’re unhappy with your test score.
I can see you are unhappy with your test score.
The best way to know whether to use you’re or your is to try replacing it with you are and seeing how it sounds.
The above ‘your you’re’ anchor chart explains the difference with an example. It can be put on the display wall.
I have created task cards for ‘your vs. you’re. There are 6 cards on each of the 3 A4 sheets. You will need to print these sheets and cut them into cards. Print these cards on card stock and laminate them for durability.
The task cards are numbered and the answers have been provided within the pack. Have the children read the sentences and write the answers in their notebook or on a separate sheet.
The above task cards will be more challenging since both ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ have been used in a single sentence.
For similar homophones and confusing words (to too two, there their they’re, accept except etc.) worksheets and lessons, check this space.
In the above two worksheets, the children will read both the sentences and decide which is grammatically correct. Only one sentence is correct and your and you’re have been played around with. These worksheets will confuse the children but also register the concept and usage of ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ well.