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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!

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Is it Your welcome or You’re welcome?

Which one is it? YOUR welcome or YOU’RE welcome? 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’re 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 welcome. 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.

Should you even say You’re welcome?? 

Saying you’re welcome is something we are taught automatically to do. It’s the polite answer to THANK YOU and it’s ingrained in polite society. 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.

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’RE WELCOME for this post! 😉

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

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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.

Comments

  1. Anita L says

    January 6, 2014 at 7:19 am

    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.

      • Brett Yarberry says

        November 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

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

  2. Kara says

    January 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    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. Honey says

    February 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    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.

    ~Honey

  4. John Cater says

    September 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    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.

    • Michelle Marine says

      September 22, 2014 at 7:02 am

      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. theguy says

    December 11, 2014 at 3:11 am

    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. Nanette says

    March 26, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    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’?
    Thanks?

    • Michelle Marine says

      May 19, 2015 at 6:55 am

      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. 🙂

      • Kara says

        June 17, 2015 at 12:13 pm

        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’.

        • Michelle Marine says

          June 18, 2015 at 8:49 am

          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. 🙂

          • Mike Towne says

            April 2, 2017 at 3:41 pm

            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. Ellen K. says

    June 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

    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. RJ Walker says

    July 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    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.

    • Michelle Marine says

      July 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

      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. Alberto Betancourt says

    February 23, 2016 at 11:43 am

    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. Josephine Brandimore says

    May 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    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.

    • Michelle Marine says

      May 21, 2016 at 7:56 am

      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. Cathy says

    June 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    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. Kim says

    August 18, 2016 at 11:04 am

    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. Joe says

    May 15, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    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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