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Is It Your Welcome or You’re Welcome? Which One is Right?

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Is it Your welcome or you’re welcome? If you want to be grammatically correct, you need to read this quick answer to a common grammar error!Is it Your Welcome or You're Welcome? If you're second guessing which one is the proper English grammar usage, double check with this quick 5 minute grammar lesson!

Is it Your welcome or You’re welcome?

Well, what’s the right way to answer a Thank You? This such a common error in texting, on facebook, in blog posts. Everywhere. It’s horrible. And the wrong choice makes me vomit a little bit each time I see this error.

There’s only one right answer, though. Do YOU know which one it is? If you guess, YOU’RE WELCOME, you are correct, my friend!

Why is it You are welcome anyway?

YOUR is a possessive pronoun. There is nothing possessive in YOUR welcome so you can’t use it in this instance.

The correct answer is YOU’RE. YOU’RE is a contraction for YOU ARE and the technical phrase is YOU ARE WELCOME. Therefore, the second choice is the only one that can be correct.

But should you even say You’re Welcome?? 

Answering a thank you is something we are taught automatically to do. It’s the polite to acknowldege the person thanking you and it’s ingrained in so many societies. When we learn a foreign language, it’s one of the first things we’re taught.

The Huffington Post wrote an interesting essay on why you should rethink saying You’re welcome, though. You are welcome essentially means that you accept the gratitude of the person who said thank you. The Huffington Post article offers that a more powerful statement would be, “I know you’d do the same for me.” They argue that statement shifts the balance of power! It’s an interesting article and you can read it here.

Some people claim the automatic response is dumb and we shouldn’t use you are welcome at all. It would be more appropriate to say, happy to help, or glad to have done it, or something along those lines. Then there are the hard liners like my husband.

He gets really irritated when someone acknowledges a thank you with yep or uh huh. Why can’t they just the age old answer, he thinks. I’m not really sure where I fall there. As long as you have some polite answer to a thank you, it doesn’t really make any difference to me. What do you think?

Is it Your welcome or you're welcome? Not sure which one? Here's a quick five-minute grammar lesson on the difference between your and you're and when to use which!

If you didn’t know the right answer, YOU ARE WELCOME for this post! I know you’d do the same for me. I love it when people point out my grammar errors, because I do make them all the time.

More grammar posts you may like:

How to make the word PEOPLE possessive

Bias or Biased?

Do to or Due to?

Less or Fewer?

Should have gone or Should have went?

If you’re looking for helpful grammar resources, here are my top picks:

Grammarly – Instantly fix over 250 types of errors with this free web-based grammar checker!

Strunk & White Elements of Style

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation 

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation 

The Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing


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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankAnita L says

    I honestly can not believe how many times I’ve seen people spelling words wrong! I guess I was lucky to have caught on so well and was usually always getting A’s in English.

      • blankBrett Yarberry says

        Actually, “can not” is also acceptable, but is usually only used when modifying the word after “not” instead of “can”.

  2. blankKara says

    I just came across your blog today, and as someone who takes grammatical matters very (read: WAY TOO) seriously, I just want you to know I really appreciate this series of posts. Thank you for this public service; you really make things simple for your reader!

  3. blankHoney says

    I will see your ‘your & you’re’ and raise you a there, their and they’re’. Drives me absolutely crazy how folks do not use the proper forms.


  4. blankJohn Cater says

    I am curious. If you are saying “your welcome” as in a different way to say “my thanks” would it still be “you’re welcome?”
    This is coming from a seventh grader by the way.

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Hi John, there would be a time to use your welcome – if you mean to show that the welcome belongs to a person, as in: “Your welcome here at my house has run out.” But most often, the correct usage is to to use the abbreviation for YOU ARE. In that case, you need to say You’re welcome. 🙂

  5. blanktheguy says

    Your is not a possessive pronoun. It’s a possessive determiner or possessive adjective or pronominal adjective. Yours a is possesive pronoun. Go back to school.

  6. blankNanette says

    I’ve been trying to order a welcome mat for a friend and am not sure about the proper use of (‘).
    The mat reads:
    Welcome to the
    (Ryan) is last name
    Should it be the Ryans, Ryan’s, Ryans’?

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      They are only possessing the welcome if there is a noun after Welcome – as in Your welcome mat is lovely. If it’s said as a response to thank you, the correct usage is YOU ARE WELCOME or You’re welcome. 🙂

      • blankKara says

        I disagree with you. ‘You’re welcome’ doesn’t really make sense with the actual meaning of the phrase. It means “May wellness come to you”, that is “May YOUR wellness come”. Saying “You are wellness come” doesn’t really make sense. If someone says “Thanks be to you!” (thank you) why would you reply “You are wellness”. You are wishing the person wellness, not telling them they ARE wellness. By this logic the correct answer appears to actually be ‘your welcome’.

        • blankMichelle Marine says

          There are probably more phrases and spellings in English that don’t make sense than do make sense. I don’t make the rules; I just report them. It doesn’t really matter how stupid the convention to say you are welcome may seem, it is the correct response when someone says thank you. 🙂

          • blankMike Towne says

            Yes, I agree with you on the question of whether You’re welcome is the correct grammar, it is. My 9 year old questioned me when I sent a text to him. Thanks for making it clear to us.

  7. blankEllen K. says

    That still doesn’t explain why we write “you’re welcome” in reply to thanks. There’s no obvious logic to “you are welcome” as a response to a “thank you”, thus it’s not obvious that the contraction spelling in the correct spelling. For me, I don’t perceive it as meaning “you are welcome”, it’s just a set phrase with no particular meaning other than to recognize a “thank you”. Thus spelling it as “you’re” rather than “your” is simply on convention, not something with any logic to it. It’s no more logical than a “your welcome” spelling.

  8. blankRJ Walker says

    But if it’s in an informal email, then I think “Your Welcome” is no big deal because it is easier to type than You’re Welcome.
    Emails are notorious for using abbreviations , poor grammar and such.
    Also, I have seen so many people use Your Welcome, that at some point it becomes acceptable.
    I am sure there are words in the English language that use to be poor grammar, but became acceptable words
    because too many people used it.

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      In my opinion, you should get in the practice of using proper grammar in email so that when you have to write professional or academic emails, you aren’t confused. You’ll sound a lot smarter and your credibility will be much better. YOUR welcome is not accepted today as proper grammar. I hope it never is. 🙂

  9. blankAlberto Betancourt says

    I really needed a place like this. My birth language is not English, I actually live outside the U.S. but I work using your language on a daily basis and sometimes it’s really confusing when reading people that actually are americans (so they always make me wonder if I’m writing/speaking well). As a maniac of the grammar I love learning how to properly speak/write in english. Finally and can write “you’re welcome” without hesitating. Best regards from Mexico.

  10. blankJosephine Brandimore says

    Okay but what if the person doesn’t feel welcome? So you’d be saying “you are welcome” but what if the person is not welcome? Because you’re giving that welcome to somebody else. It would then become theirs. So you could say “your welcome” and be grammatically correct.

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      If you mean saying your welcome after someone says thank you is sometimes grammatically correct, you’re wrong. There’s just nothing else to say about that. The grammatically correct response to thank you is you are welcome. Every single time. If you mean you like someone’s welcome mat and you say I like your welcome mat, then yes. In that case the your shows possession and you are correct. ?

  11. blankCathy says

    Word 2016 has just corrected my “You’re welcome” to “Your welcome”… this is why I’m here. Just to make sure I was right. Now I’ve got the little blue squiggly line on my document!

  12. blankKim says

    My Outlook just corrected it to Your welcome! That’s crazy! Microsoft needs to be notified. For a second, I thought I was wrong! LOL

  13. blankJoe says

    I have read, written by an English language professor, that “you are welcome” in any form is not
    proper grammar at all. I don’t recall the type of phrase he/she called it. But, what he was saying
    is that is an absolutely senseless phrase… simply something people have gotten into the habit
    of saying. And when you actually think about it, that’s correct. You’re welcome… what does it mean?
    Welcome to what?… my house?… this store we are in?… if their thanks appreciated, then you might say “your thanks is welcomed” or “I welcome your thanks”. You are welcome means just that… you
    are welcome to be here, or to come to or attend some place that would like to have you there. It
    has nothing to do with “thanks or thank you”! If anyone knows the type of phrase it is, I would like
    to hear it again… I just can’t think of it now.

  14. blankMatt Young says

    In some cases your welcome is correct. For instance if you buy something from someone. If it wouldn’t have been for their welcome to buy it they wouldn’t be saying thank you.

      • blankGauge says

        Hi I’m 13 my birth-day was on july 15. I read all the comments and I think everyone on here is funny. You guys are arguing about proper grammer it’s 2020 no one cares. I don’t care if I spell thing wrong. It seems to me no one’s right. Americas english is terrible. NOW WRITE A 2 PAGE paragraph about why speaking proper english is right. You could just shut up I don’t wanna read 2 sentences. I really found everyone fighting fun to read someone should make a book out of this. Well I’ll be back on this site in a week but I’ll still check everyday. Love yall peace.

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