Our unplanned Grammar Goof theme-of-the-day emerged from these observations:
In a banker’s response to a customer successfully accessing Internet Banking: “I’m glad to hear that your in.” Should be: you’re.
In a Twitter reply: “Your quite welcome …” Should be: You’re.
In a Facebook Wall message: “Excited your on facebook.” Should be: you’re.
In another Facebook Wall comment: “… your awesome and I am proud to be …” Should be: you’re.
Thanks to Nancy Wombat for this entry:
Should be your.
And, thanks to a homeseller in Missouri for (unknowingly) contributing to this post …
Should be you’re.
Here are the rules …
- (a form of the possessive case of you used as an attributive adjective): Your jacket is in that closet. I like your idea. Compare yours.
- one’s (used to indicate that one belonging to oneself or to any person): The consulate is your best source of information. As you go down the hill, the library is on your left.
- (used informally to indicate all members of a group, occupation, etc., or things of a particular type): Take your factory worker, for instance. Your power brakes don’t need that much servicing.
- contraction of you are: You’re certain that’s right?
BTW (by the way), in Textspeak …
- UR = your
- U R (with a space) = you are or you’re
- R U (with space) = are you?
Sources: dictionary.com, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter