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

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? 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?

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.

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Less or Fewer?

Should have gone or Should have went?

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

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

kiana

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

thank you .

Daryl

Monday 25th of April 2022

In Merry Olde England (and Europe) when a commoner visited the King, he brought a present to buy his way inside. The King said, "Thank You." The commoner responded, "I beg your welcome," so that he could be admitted and protected by the castle. This is similar to saying, "I beg your pardon, I beg your forgiveness," etc. The King then responded, "Enter. You are welcome." Over time the commoner's phrasing was shortened from "I beg your welcome," to simply, "Your welcome." "You are welcome," or "You're welcome," indicates the giver of the gift is also welcoming the receiver of the gift. So, I'm still on the fence with this, and I don't correct those who choose to use "Your welcome."

Michelle Marine

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

I'm afraid most people do not understand this nuance, but I appreciate your comment nonetheless. :-)

Md. Noor Alam

Sunday 14th of February 2021

You're welcome!

Matt Young

Monday 5th of August 2019

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.

Malonise Cruz

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Thank actually makes a lot of sense.

Joe

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

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.

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