Are or Our?


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Wondering about the difference between are or our? It’s easy to make this error, but a quick read through this explanation and a thorough proof reading of your own work should help you avoid making this simple error.

I took off yesterday morning with no kids. I needed some time to think without interruption since learning the news of my 15 month old’s hip dysplasia condition. I wish I would have taken a picture of the sign I saw while out and about…it made me chuckle. And I need a laugh these days.

The sign at Golden Corral across the street from Target said:

Come inside and try ARE new chocolate fountain.

Yum! The sign made me want to run right inside, not to eat the chocolate, but to tell them to FIX it! But I refrained and drove to the mall instead.

I’m sure I don’t have to explain Are/Our to you! But here goes anyway:

Our is a pronoun. – When ARE you going to come inside and try OUR new chocolate fountain?

Are is a verb. – Are you going to come inside and try our new chocolate fountain? We promise to be better cooks than grammarians.

Have you seen any funny signs lately? What did they say? Enjoy your day!

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Oh my goodness! I had to laugh because I saw the same sign yesterday and it was driving me nuts and requiring great restraint not to go in and correct the management about it. 🙂 That was the only thing to smile about with the traffic chaos on 53rd and Elmore that doubled the time it took to run errands. Love your blog by the way and will be praying for wisdom and discernment for you and your husband with your daughter’s new diagnosis.

  2. I was doing almost everything in Spanish for a while. I saw a sign that read: “HAY 4 SALE” and spent a long time trying to make sense of it. (I read it as “there are four exit,” which is a grammatic mess in any language.)