English Grammar Basic Similar words

The difference between “you” and “you”

The difference between“are“y“tu“

“Are“y“tu“they are easy to confuse because they sound identical.

You’re.“Are“is the abbreviation for“you are“. For example:

  • You’re rich now! ✔️
  • Does she think you’re happy? ✔️

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Your.“Tu“is to show that something belongs to you“you“or is related to“you“. For example:

  • Your answer is correct. ✔️
    (“Answer“belongs to you.)
  • Your uncle has a Roman nose. ✔️
    (“Uncle“is related to you.)

It’s a serious mistake!

Errors related to“are“y“tu“they will damage your reputation as a writer.


“You’re“is a contraction of“you are“. It has no other uses. This is a 100% rule. If you can’t expand it to“your“in your sentence, then it is wrong.

Example sentences with“you’re“:

  • The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. (Actress Lily Tomlin) ✔️
    (This expands to“you are,“so it is correct.)
  • Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re finished. (Actor Leslie Nielsen) ✔️
    (This expands to“you are,“so it is correct.)
  • Please ask Joan to post the parcel when you’re in London. ✔️
    (This expands to“you are,“so it is correct.)
  • You said that you couldn’t believe you’re ears. ❌
    (This does not expand to“you are,“so it is wrong. It should be“your.“)


“Tu“It is a possessive determiner. (Other possessive determiners are“mi“,“tu“,“are“,“ella“,“are“,“our“y“are“.)

“Tu“is used before a word for one of three reasons:

(1) To show it belongs to“you.“
For example:
your car, your arm, your dog

(2) To show it is of“you.“
For example:
your picture, your photograph, your portrait

(3) To show it is related to“you.“
For example:
your uncle, your mother, your sibling

Here are more example sentences with“your“:

  • Our expert will answer your questions about pensions and savings. ✔️
    (This means the questions belonging to“you.“)
  • Pin your photograph to the top of the application. ✔️
    (This means the photograph of“you.“)
  • Sarah doesn’t look like your sister. ✔️
    (This means related to“you.“)

Avoid“You’re“in Formal Writing
As a general rule, contractions (for example,“your“,“It is not“,“can not“,“no“,“es“) are not used in formal writing. In official correspondence, the normal practice is to expand them to their full forms. If you always expand the contractions, you will never make a mistake with“you’re“o“it’s“(two notorious grammar villains).

Yours Not Your’s

La palabra“dry“is known as a possessive pronoun (others are“our“,“yours“y“her“). There are no apostrophes in any possessive pronoun. This is another 100% rule.

Remember One of These Examples

Here are two ingenious examples with“tu“y“are“to help you remember how to use them:

  • You’re only as good as your last haircut. (Author Fran Lebowitz) ✔️
  • When you’re eight years old nothing is your business. (Comedian Lenny Bruce) ✔️

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