I am not going to lie. When I see grammatical errors, it irks the shit out of me. Yes, I know that rules in languages are everchanging and blah-blah-blah, but I have great admiration for the English language when everything is just — for lack of a better word — correct. What would a language be without its rules? Yes, it would be gibberish.
It doesn’t annoy me to see people type “lyke diz n b all kool, lyke” as much as it makes me want to claw my eyes out when I see something like “your so awesome.”
I think, for my own sanity, I need to explain this seemingly rocket-sciency difficult concept.
You’re = you are
You’re is a contraction (ie. shortened version) of you are. If what you are trying to say is “you are [blah-blah-blah],” then you are looking to use you’re.
1) You are a great person. = You’re a great person.
2) You are weird. = You’re weird.
3) You are awesome. = You’re awesome. (NOT “your awesome.” So yes, my title is disgustingly incorrect.)
Your is a possessive.
You use your when you are claiming ownership for something.
1) Is that your cat? (You are claiming ownership of the cat.)
2) This is your pile of dirty laundry. (You are claiming ownership of the pile.)
3) Your awesome dog peed on me. (You are claiming ownership of the awesome dog.)
I hope this has shed some light on the mind-numbing You’re vs. Your issue. For the love of good grammar, let’s just promise each other to never commit such a heinous crime again. Deal?