English 101 with Ifafudafi
by, June 9th, 2010 at 01:48 PM (1561 Views)
I see everybody here keep mixing up your/you're, its/it's, and their/there/they're. Now you don't have to anymore.
Contractions showed up first in spoken language, and later migrated to written language after considerable use, as they provide no benefit to the writer and only slight benefit to the reader. The purpose of the apostrophe is simply to represent an omitted portion of the original phrase. Here's a quick list:
it's = it is
you're = you are
they're = they are
can't = cannot
don't = do not
ain't = not a word, only use sarcastically
So, this is an easy way to see if the word you're using makes sense. An example:
"You're penis is tiny" would translate to "You are penis is tiny." That sentence does not make sense, so you know that you should be using "your" instead. Again:
"I raped all they're sisters last night" would translate to "I raped all they are sisters last night," which also makes no sense. Keep in mind that "there" indicates a location ("over there"), and you know that the proper word to use here is "their." Now in reverse:
"your an idiot", a sentence which I see a lot on these forums. Unless you're trollin' (in which case you're not funny and need to die in a cancer fire), you should realize that your intent is to say "You are an idiot," meaning the proper word is "You're." "Your" is used to indicate ownership; "your pathetic sense of humor," for instance.
Congratulations, your smarter than you were five minutes ago.