Your vs. you’re.” It’s vs. “its.”

Via on Aug 17, 2009

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So you think you’re an English Major. So you think you’re a high school graduate. So I think this is ironic.

Okey, cafe nation, let’s get it straight.

It’s means “it is.” “Its,” on the other hand, is possessive. As in, “Laughing Goat is an awesome cafe, dude. Its patrons are the best.”

Your is also possessive, right? Your burger, your car, your wasted education. “You’re,” on the other hand, means “you are.” Think about it as you right write it—I’m a nerdiac and I still sound it out as I write, frequently.

Nothing wrong with being a little precise, measuring twice cutting once, getting it right. Write?

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Update: the sign is fixed.

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15 Responses to “Your vs. you’re.” It’s vs. “its.””

  1. Laura says:

    One of my pet peeves too…and you see it all the time!

  2. I have a POEM t-shirt. (For those of you who are clueless, that's Garrison Keilor's PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION OF ENGLISH MAJORS. The hero of his spoofs is even named Bob!)

    Bob Weisenberg

  3. Gwen says:

    Tee hee. That's an especially good one. Belongs on http://failblog.org/.

  4. An Bui says:

    Amazing post – thanks for the laugh.

  5. ebeans says:

    Getting it wrong on a sign sucks 'cuz it is just floats there for all to see… In a yoga class–ick!
    http://kirtiklis.com/cocco/2009/08/grammar-for-yo

  6. ebean says:

    Also on an unedited comment… ha ha

  7. Casey says:

    umm.. what's ironic is your grammatic mistake.

    "think about it as you right it" ….. you must have mean "write".

    nice try, though.

    • elephantjournal says:

      Ah intended as a joke friend. Only, I understand, in this context, guess was too dry, not funny enough. So I amended to make the joke crystal-clear for you.

  8. swati jr* says:

    sigh. one of the many conversation topics discussed at the family dinner table. i come from a long lineage of "nerdiacs" i guess.

  9. karlsaliter says:

    I love this.

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