Your and You're
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Your and You're

'Your' is about owning and 'you're' is about shortening. 'Your' is a possessive adjective which is used to show possession: 'Your exam results were very good'. 'You're' is a contraction (shortened form) of 'you are'.

Once you have learned (and, more importantly, remembered) the two words, their meanings and when to use which one, you should never make the mistake of getting the two words mixed up again. Even though these words are very common in the English language, plenty of people still get them wrong. Make sure you are not one of them and play this quiz until you are sure you know what you are doing, and why!

This 11-plus English quiz will test your skills on these two everyday words. See if you can get full marks.

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  1. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    ___ mum is a marvellous cook.
    The possessive adjective is required because it's someone's cooking: the cooking 'belongs' to your mum
  2. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    ___ not going to believe what I've just heard.
    The sentence makes a statement about who is not going to believe something, so you need 'you're'
  3. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    ___ work is very good, and ___ going to be given a prize.
    The first gap requires the possessive adjective because it's someone's work: the work belongs to someone. The second gap requires 'you're' because the sentence states who is going to be given a prize
  4. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    ___ the best student in the class.
    The sentence states who the best student in the class is, so you need 'you're'
  5. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    ___ ___ father's spitting image.
    The first gap requires 'you're' because the sentences states who the father's spitting image is. The second gap requires the possessive adjective because it's someone's spitting image: you are the spitting image of your father
  6. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    ___ turn.
    The possessive adjective is required because it's someone's go: the go 'belongs' to someone
  7. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    ___ joking!
    The sentence states who is joking, so you need 'you're'
  8. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    This is ___ house.
    The possessive adjective is required because it's someone's house: the house belongs to someone
  9. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    This is ___ pen.
    The possessive adjective is required because it's someone's pen: the pen belongs to someone
  10. Complete the sentence with the correct word(s).
    ___ stamp collection is one of the best that I have ever seen.
    The possessive adjective is required because it's someone's stamp collection: the stamp collection belongs to someone

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