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?
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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