The teacher within screams silently at the sight of this (actual) instagram photo!
Your vs. You’re: the battle wages on.
Teaching your children to understand the difference between these two words is not only a matter of proper usage and correct grammar, it’s important because it reflects on them in the same way that poor spelling and sloppy penmanship spell doom for job and college applicants.
A few tips as you work with your budding writers and future job-seekers:
- You’re is a contraction. Remind your child that the apostrophe in you’re indicates both a missing letter (‘a’) and the coming-together of two words. As a test, ask your children to read their sentence and see if the word they wrote down could be substituted by “you are.” If so, it must be you’re. Additionally, this form will generally precede an adjective (you’re silly), a verb (you’re running), or an article (a, an, the).
- Your shows possession. Help your child to see that using this version of the word tells the reader whose item you’re referencing. Was it his dog? …No, it was your dog. It explains ownership and almost always precedes a noun.
Attached is a FREE worksheet for you and your children!