I do not claim to be a grammarian. I frequently refer to Grammar Girl, The Bedford Handbook, The Little Brown Handbook, and any other grammar guide in order to make sure I get it right. But what I can’t stand are “professional” people (or anyone for that matter) that don’t know the basic rules of usage.
1. Believe it or not there is a difference between you’re and your.
- You’re is a contraction of You Are
- Your is the possessive form of You.
2. Their, They’re, and There. So, what’s the difference other than spelling? A lot.
- They’re is a contraction of They Are
- Their is used to show possession.
- There represents a place. Kind of like the word here. There is used to represent a specified place or maybe even an unspecified place
- They’re at their house, which is over there. (Sorry I couldn’t resist)