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Homophones 4 - Your and You're
You are through to the finals and you are the favourite to win!

Homophones 4 - Your and You're

In the previous three quizzes we learnt about homophones. We learnt that homophones are words with different spellings and meanings but the same pronunciation.

Look at these two words - FOUL and FOWL. When they are written you will not have any difficulty in understanding their meaning. However, when they are used in spoken English you may get confused! Imagine if you were watching a basketball game and heard the commentator say, ‘Jordon’s FOUL caused the team to lose the match’. You would not be confused if you are a basketball fan. You would understand the use of the word FOUL. On the other hand, if you are not a basketball fan, you might have wondered why FOWL is used in basketball and what has ‘chicken or hens’ got to do with the game!

In order not to get confused by spoken English you need to understand the context in which the words are used. Earlier, we learnt about ITS, IT’S, THERE, THEIR and THEY’RE. In this quiz we learn about one more pair of words that are homophones - YOUR and YOU’RE.

YOUR is a pronoun meaning 'belonging to YOU' or 'associated with YOU'.

YOU’RE is in fact two words, YOU and ARE, contracted to form YOU’RE. YOU'RE is similar to IT’S and THEY’RE. YOU is the pronoun of the second person and can be used in the singular or plural and ARE is a verb. Take a look at these examples:

‘YOUR house is bigger than mine’ uses the word YOUR as a possessive pronoun indicating possession and describing somebody’s house.

‘YOU’RE coming with us to the new movie’ uses the word YOU’RE to describe someone, that is, in the expanded form YOU ARE, and now it is clear that the word is referring to someone.

To recap:

YOUR is a possessive pronoun describing a noun which belongs to 'you'.

YOU’RE is actually two words - YOU and ARE - contracted to form YOU’RE.

Remember these simple tips and take the quiz that follows to understand the correct way to use YOUR and YOU’RE in sentences.

1.
"--- only as good as --- last haircut." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
You're - your
Your - your
You're - you're
Your - you're
Remember 'you're' is a short form of 'you are' so "You are only as good as your last haircut" also makes sense. At the end of the sentence we are talking about a haircut which belongs to you so we use 'your' which is a possessive pronoun just like 'their', 'our', 'my', 'its', 'her' and 'his'
2.
"When --- eight years old nothing is --- business." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
your - your
you're - you're
your - you're
you're - your
One way of finding the right word is to use 'you are' and see if the sentence still makes sense. If it does then 'you're' would be correct, if not then use 'your'
3.
"I know --- frustrated, but the decision will be based purely on the wording in --- policy." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
your - you're
you're - your
you're - you're
your - your
"I know you are frustrated" still makes sense but "the wording in you are policy" does not
4.
"--- going to be quizzed about --- understanding of the lessons." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
Your - you're
Your - your
You're - your
You're - you're
Remember, usually the word 'your' comes before another word such as a pronoun or a noun showing possession. Here 'understanding' is an abstract noun
5.
"I want to go in --- car because --- driving is better." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
you're - your
your - you're
you're - you're
your - your
In this sentence 'car' and 'driving' are both nouns and the word 'your' shows possession. Remember that usually the word 'your' comes before another word such as a pronoun or a noun showing its possession
6.
"--- through to the finals and --- the favourite to win." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
You're - you're
Your - your
Your - you're
You're - your
Apply the 'you are' test and you will see that the sentence still makes sense
7.
"I wish you and --- father would come, --- both welcome." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
you're - you're
you're - your
your - you're
your - your
Another test to make sure you use the correct word is to substitute 'your' or 'you're' with 'my' and see if it still makes sense. If it does then use 'your'. Here, 'my father' makes sense and so 'your' is the right word. "My both welcome" does not make sense and so 'you're' is the right word to use
8.
"--- really good with --- cover drive." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
Your - you're
You're - your
Your - your
You're - you're
Try the 'my' test and you will see that the sentence still makes sense
9.
"Children, take out --- English text because --- all going to have a test." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
your - you're
you're - your
you're - you're
your - your
Try the 'you are' and 'my' tests and you will find that answer 1 is the only one which still makes sense
10.
"--- all selected, so --- hard work paid off." - Fill up the blanks by choosing the correct pair of words from the four options given.
Your - your
You're - you're
Your - you're
You're - your
Remember 'you're' is the contracted form of 'you are' and 'your' is a possessive pronoun. "You are all selected" still makes sense, as does "My hard work paid off"
Author:  V T Narendra

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