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Yours vs Your’s: What’s the Difference?

One of the most common grammar mistakes is adding an apostrophe where none is needed

This article will explain why there’s no apostrophe in yours and help you remember whether to

It indicates that something is owned by the person you’re addressing, both for second person singular

For example, you might say, “This pencil is yours, not mine

Your’s with an apostrophe isn’t a real word, it’s just an incorrect spelling

It might feel like you need to use an apostrophe in your’s, because adding an apostrophe

After all, when you want to convert a proper noun into a possessive form, you usually add

For example, the correct possessive form of John is John’s

Yours is akin to the other possessive pronouns mine, his, hers, ours, and theirs, which correspond to

One helpful trick for remembering whether or not you need an apostrophe in yours is to imagine

It would be grammatically incorrect to use an apostrophe in the word mine, so you don’t

Let’s look at some examples of yours in sentences from popular English books

“Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours

”—Yogi Berra, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

If you’re not sure whether you need to use an apostrophe or not, you can always