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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 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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5 Minute Grammar Lesson – It’s? or its? or Its’?

Today’s 5 Minute Grammar Lesson is a very serious topic. It’s one of the biggest grammar fails I see. Do yourself a HUGE favor and learn when to use IT’S, ITS, and ITS’. You will gain so much writing credibility. For REALS!

WeeklyGrammar - It's or Its or Its'

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5 Minute Grammar Lesson – IT’s or ITS or ITS’?

I’m thoroughly convinced a good 85% of the US population does not understand when to use IT’S, ITS, and ITS’. And here’s my confession: until I started teaching COLLEGE level composition classes, I’m not sure I understood either.

But here’s the deal.

IT’S

You wouldn’t say HIS’S to make His possessive would you? How about MY’S? And you shouldn’t say IT’S to notate possession either.

IT’S is a contraction that means IT IS. It is never, ever, ever, ever, EVER used to make the pronoun IT possessive.

If you want to use It’s – do me a favor. Do a quick test. Can you substitute IT IS and still have your sentence make sense? If not, DON’T USE IT!

For instance, I saw a BILLBOARD (imagine the expense this company went to to have this billboard made) recently on my drive back to Iowa from Missouri. It said:

“Deer Processing at IT’S Best.” My quick test will tell you that the billboard is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

Deer Processing at It IS best? WRONG!

The billboard should read” “Deer processing at ITS best.” I debated on telling the deer processing. I wasn’t sure if they would bill me or send me some summer sausage. So I just kept my mouth shut.

But you might be bolder than I am and tell them! Let me know if you get some summer sausage from the deer processing company on Highway 61 in Northern Missouri!

ITS

Okay, so if IT’S really means IT IS, why don’t we use an apostrophe to make ITS possessive? You guys, I have no freaking idea. English is a really, really, really goofy language sometimes. But the truth of the matter is that if you want to notate possession, do NOT use an apostrophe with IT.

How did the turtle get inside its shell?

How did the dog find its bone?

ITS’

Any you guys. Seriously. ITS’ is NOT A WORD. Never, ever use ITS’. Never. Just no. It’s so wrong. 😉

Its or It's or ITS' 5 Minute Grammar Lesson

 

And that, my friends, is your 5 minute grammar lesson. Let me know how many places YOU see it’s misused. I guarantee if you look around, you’ll find plenty of examples!

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And 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

Check back next Sunday for another quick grammar lesson! And if you’d like to get weekly grammar tips delivered straight to your inbox, please subscribe to my once a week newsletter. I promise I won’t spam you. 🙂

5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Regardless or Irregardless?

Welcome back for another 5 Minute Grammar Lesson! Today’s topic is regardless or irregardless? Which is right? Does it really matter?! Irregardless of if you honestly care, I’m telling you anyway. 🙂

Today's 5 Minute Grammar Lesson topic is regardless or irregardless! Do you know which one is not really a word Check back each week for another lesson.
5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Regardless or Irregardless?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but IRREGARDLESS is not a word. I hear a lot of people using it, however. The grammatically correct term is REGARDLESS.

Regardless

Regardless means “without regard.” It is a negative word. Regardless of whether my kids want to clean their rooms, sometimes I make them!

Irregardless

The pronoun IR- is also negative which means that when you add IR to Regardless, you’re guilty of a double negative like: I don’t want nothing. The fix is quick: simply banish the word IRREGARDLESS from your vocabulary.

It’s true that some dictionaries list IRREGARDLESS, but they also mention it as NONSTANDARD – jargon, a dialect, or regional variation.

If you want to sound educated, don’t use IRREGARDLESS. And that is your 5 Minute Grammar Lesson. 🙂

regardless-or-irregardless

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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

Check back next Sunday for another quick grammar lesson! And if you’d like to get weekly grammar tips delivered straight to your inbox, please subscribe to my once a week newsletter. I promise I won’t spam you. 🙂

5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Could Care Less? or Couldn’t Care Less?

Welcome back for another 5 Minute Grammar Lesson! Today’s topic is could care less or couldn’t care less? Which is right? Does it really matter?! Do you honestly care?

Could care less Couldn't care less
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5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Could Care Less? or Couldn’t Care Less?

Could Care Less?

Technically, the term Could Care Less means you have a little bit of caring left to do. And that doesn’t really seem to be what most people mean when they use the phrase – I could care less. I could care less what he thinks of me. –> Well, technically that’s not quite right. You should use:

Couldn’t Care Less?

If you couldn’t care less, you really don’t care. And that’s often the intended meaning, right? I don’t care what he thinks of me. I really couldn’t care less whether or not she prefers snow or rain.

So if you really don’t care, always use COULDN’T CARE LESS. It’s technically the preferred choice. But I’d love to hear an instance were Could Care Less is acceptable too, so please let me know your ideas in the comments. 

Today's 5 Minute Grammar Lesson answers the question - is it proper to say could care less or couldn't care less? Check back each Sunday for a new topic.

 

Want more grammar posts?

Bias or Biased?

Do to or Due to?

Broke or Broken?

Who’s or WHOSE?

How to make the word PEOPLE possessive

And 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

Check back next Sunday for another quick grammar lesson! And if you’d like to get weekly grammar tips delivered straight to your inbox, please subscribe to my once a week newsletter. I promise I won’t spam you. 🙂