Publish date:

You're vs. Your vs. Yore (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use you're, your, and yore with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

This week, we're going to look at when to use you're, your, and/or yore. One is a contraction, another is a possessive adjective, and the other refers to a time long past. These homophones are frequently mixed up in writing, but they're easy to understand if we take a moment to look at them.

(Grammar rules for writers.)

So let's look at the differences between you're, your, and yore.

You're vs. Your vs. Yore (Grammar Rules)

You're vs. Your vs. Yore

Very simply, you're is a contraction of the words "you" and "are."

Your, on the other hand, is an adjective that describes something that belongs to "you," whoever "you" happens to be. So if I owned a baseball, it would be my baseball. But if you owned a baseball, it would be your baseball.

(10 Ways to Start Your Story Better.)

Finally, yore is noun that refers to time past, and usually from the distant past.

Make sense?

Here are a few examples:

Correct: You're the best writer I know.
Incorrect: Your the best writer I know.
Incorrect: Yore the best writer I know.

Correct: Are you going to bring your book?
Incorrect: Are you going to bring you're book?
Incorrect: Are you going to bring yore book?

Correct: Her poetry reminds me of the writers of yore.
Incorrect: Her poetry reminds me of the writers of you're.
Incorrect: Her poetry reminds me of the writers of your.

When it comes to keeping these straight, the apostrophe in you're is an easy reminder that it's two words (or you are). Meanwhile, the you in your means an item belongs to you. And that leaves yore, which refers to time past.

*****

Grammar and Mechanics

No matter what type of writing you do, mastering the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics is an important first step to having a successful writing career.

Click to continue.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice but Never Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice (but Never Writing)

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is to collect writing advice at the expense of actually writing.

The Benefits of a Book Coach for Writers

The Benefits of Having a Book Coach for Writers

What is a book coach? How could they help authors? Award-winning author and writing instructor Mark Spencer answers these questions and more in this post about the benefits of having a book coach for writers.

Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears

Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears

Award-winning author Clare Chambers discusses the fear and excitement of switching genre gears in her new historical fiction novel, Small Pleasures.

Poetic Forms

Exquisite Corpse: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the exquisite corpse (or exquisite cadaver), a collaborative poem that would make a fun poetic game.

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

The writing process is both individual and communal, as receiving constructive feedback and outside encouragement helps our drafts become finished manuscripts. Author Peri Chickering discusses how opening ourselves up to others can make us better writers.

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

Stephanie Kane discusses the impact of Frances Glessner Lee, the godmother of forensic science, and her crime scene dioramas on writing mysteries.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Still Alive

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Still Alive

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, reveal that a character who was thought deceased is actually still among the living.

Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication

Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication

Author Mark Anthony hopes to educate and normalize paranormal communication with his new spirituality book, The Afterlife Frequency.

Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries

Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries

Across the globe and spanning lifetimes, animals have always operated as more than simply animals within the stories they reside. Author Richard Girling discusses how animals have interacted with writers throughout the centuries.