Entries Tagged as 'Pronouns'

Your vs. You’re

It never hurts to review this topic:

your = possessive adjective

you’re = you are

Use your before a noun when the noun belongs to the person you are speaking to (possessive).  For example:  Did you bring your coat? Are all of your documents in this file? Did you call your mother?

Use you’re when you mean “you are”.  For example: You’re not leaving without a hug.  Did you say you’re riding with us?

Test yourself!  Are the following correct or incorrect?

  1. Your having dinner at our house.
  2. Your baby is so cute.
  3. You’re pregnant.
  4. Your the father!

Answers

  1. incorrect
  2. incorrect
  3. correct
  4. incorrect

Using Reflexive Pronouns

The reflexive pronouns in English are:

  • myself
  • yourself
  • himself
  • herself
  • itself
  • ourselves
  • yourselves
  • themselves

The very basic rule to follow when deciding to use a reflexive pronoun is this:

If the subject and the object are the same, use a reflexive pronoun.

Look at this example:

Bill tried to call me.  His phone rang.  He realized that he called himself.

  • Bill = he = subject
  • Bill = himself = object

Certain phrases in other languages use reflexive pronouns where English does not.  This may cause some confusion if you are translating directly, so having some knowledge of what those phrases are in your language will help when you are studying English.