..to think people should know how to use 'your'?

(59 Posts)
DarceyBissell Fri 23-Aug-13 21:27:22

When you mean 'you are' it's 'you're' as in 'you're having a bad day.' When someone owns something it's 'your'. As in 'that's your cake.'
Shouldn't bug me but it does. See it loads. On here.

HoneyDragon Fri 23-Aug-13 21:29:09

I do know how to use it. Autocorrect doesn't though and is a bugger for adding / removing apostrophes and e's grin

WorraLiberty Fri 23-Aug-13 21:29:30

The internet is littered with poor grammar and spelling mistakes

It's mildly annoying - yes

But then again so are these threads because there are so many of them lately.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 23-Aug-13 21:33:12

I think most of it is now down to the autocorrects thinking they know better!

But you know what I hate more? People who make others feel bad. There is a section called 'Pedants corner' please use it if you are brave enough.

... and to be perfectly blunt, your posts aren't always that great either, so it's not wise to start throwing stones.

redexpat Fri 23-Aug-13 21:33:19

I think you should look at this and then come on over to pedants' corner

OMG, pedants' corner! Wow, my idea of heaven! grin

maristella Fri 23-Aug-13 21:36:08

Your right

DarceyBissell Fri 23-Aug-13 21:38:53

Chipping.. Am flattered you have read all my posts. Virtually every post on AIBU makes someone feel bad. Lighten up.

holidaybug Fri 23-Aug-13 21:41:51

YANBU - it's no wonder we are poor as a nation at learning modern languages when many of us don't understand our own. Spelling/grammar are key to this.

usualsuspect Fri 23-Aug-13 21:43:50

Do shut up.

holidaybug Fri 23-Aug-13 21:57:31

Why should anyone shut up usualsuspect? People are free to express their opinions.

Catkinsthecatinthehat Fri 23-Aug-13 21:59:38


It's the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit grin

DarceyBissell Fri 23-Aug-13 22:01:01


SlobAtHome Fri 23-Aug-13 22:01:12

That's you're opinion. Your going to have to deal with it as kids just arent taught grammEr these days like us more smarter older folks smile

<waves cane around chunnering>

usualsuspect Fri 23-Aug-13 22:03:02


MrsOakenshield Fri 23-Aug-13 22:04:15

mixing up it's and its is just as irksome.

Bowlersarm Fri 23-Aug-13 22:04:52

You won't win on this.

I know your/you're.

But I absolutely don't get apostrophes. I'm educated. I can spell. Grammar is good. But apostrophes escape me. I'm sorry but there it is.

And that is why, some people won't get your/you're. It's just the way it is.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 23-Aug-13 22:05:16

Don't flatter yourself & don't tell me to lighten up - there are people on MN who struggle for many and varied reasons and they don't need people like you making them feel worse about themselves. Pedants corner is there for a reason.

Post in Pedants corner if you really must make yourself feel superior - but don't expect to feel that way for long, they'll eat you for breakfast grin


holidaybug Fri 23-Aug-13 22:10:29

However educated you may be, if you don't get the basics right, it gives a poor impression. In my line of work, I'm always having to correct documents going out to clients and apostrophes are often an issue!

holidaybug Fri 23-Aug-13 22:13:08

ChippingInNeeds, there are tons of threads on here that might make others feel bad about themselves e.g. if someone is talking about their salary, choosing private school education etc.

Buddhagirl Fri 23-Aug-13 22:13:55

Oh I wish I could use grammar correctly. Damn dyslexia, Damn shitty school.

ShellyBoobs Fri 23-Aug-13 22:14:12

Your not been unreasonable.

Wud dis bovva ya?

gamerchick Fri 23-Aug-13 22:17:56

I know the difference.. its ruddy to and too I can't tell which is what. [Angry]

primroseyellow Fri 23-Aug-13 22:22:55

It annoys me too, but I don't actually believe that everyone on here who uses 'your' instead of 'you're' doesn't know the difference. It's just people posting in a hurry. I don't have a smartphone but even using PC I still make stupid mistakes ... and as for texting....
This is an internet forum not a job application! (Hope young relatives forgive me for FB grammar corrections!).
I used to pass a sign on a garage that said 'MOT faliers bought' - I am almost ashamed to admit how long it took me to work out what it meant...
And as for apostrophes....

JetSetWilly Fri 23-Aug-13 22:23:17
SirChenjin Fri 23-Aug-13 22:24:44


Dominodonkey Fri 23-Aug-13 22:32:02


I once had a full on argument with a student who told me I was lying when I said there were two versions of 'your'. Her argument was based around the fact that none of her friends ever used two different ones.....

CoffeeandScones Fri 23-Aug-13 23:06:05

People should know how to use my what?

needaholidaynow Sat 24-Aug-13 03:12:52

It's the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit

grin Love it!

Nora2012 Sat 24-Aug-13 09:14:54

No your completely correct. Ha ha ha (it was obvious but someone had to do it)

Nora2012 Sat 24-Aug-13 09:19:10

I don't know how to add links, but if I did I'd post one to grammar girl's www.quickanddirtytips.com. There's a podcast too! Geeky but good.

Floatsyourboat Sat 24-Aug-13 09:24:38

groan get over yourself grammar police!

Buzzardbird Sat 24-Aug-13 09:25:01

Ellipses come in 3's!

Buzzardbird Sat 24-Aug-13 09:32:28

Missed off the grin blush

Tee2072 Sat 24-Aug-13 09:39:04

I am amazed by people who have enough time and energy to worry about how others use grammar on the internet.

Isn't it exhausting being so fucking perfect all the time and despairing when others aren't?

Personally I'll save my energy for important things.

usualsuspect Sat 24-Aug-13 09:46:34

What Tee said.

Nanny0gg Sat 24-Aug-13 09:48:55

Buzzardbird: Ellipses come in 3's!

Indeed they do, but you didn't need that apostrophe! grin

Just idle curiosity here. Why do people allow Autocorrect to dictate their spellings/grammar? It makes posts far more unreadable than Poster error does IYSWIM.

Tittypulumpcious Sat 24-Aug-13 09:50:01

You're only NBU if you know how to pronounce H correctly.

Buzzardbird Sat 24-Aug-13 09:51:39

Is '3s' correct then nanny? Genuine question, I have learned most of my grammar off mn.

FreudiansSlipper Sat 24-Aug-13 09:53:44

grin Tee

though you could look at it another way those that are perfect trying to help those that are not reach perfection. giving up their time to strangers who pretend they are happy the way they are is quite touching

Dominodonkey Sat 24-Aug-13 10:02:05

off mn ?

And you had the cheek to pick me up on a few extra dots in an ellipsis which is a common stylistic feature...

You don't have an apostrophe on 3's because it is a plural just like you wouldn't put one on apple's.

Nanny0gg Sat 24-Aug-13 10:02:52

Buzzardbird to the best of my knowledge, yes.
Apostrophes show possession or omission and that was neither.

FreudiansSlipper I really like your username!

Buzzardbird Sat 24-Aug-13 10:21:34

I wasn't "picking you up" on anything...really.
What's wrong with "off MN" though?
Another genuine question.
Why does auto-incorrect put apostrophes in when they are not supposed to be there? No wonder people are confused.

Buzzardbird Sat 24-Aug-13 10:23:24

Thanks Nanny, I understand the possession thing but auto-incorrect makes me doubt myself.

Crumbledwalnuts Sat 24-Aug-13 10:25:26

Of course, but they don't. They should learn it at school but they don't. What can you do? Things will improve now but there've been many years of not bothering with that kind of thing.

Tee2072 Sat 24-Aug-13 10:31:29

My autocorrect doesn't add apostrophes that shouldn't be there.

I think people are blaming their tools.

ananikifo Sat 24-Aug-13 10:32:58

In North American English 3's is correct. You can use apostrophes for plurals of numbers or acronyms. We do learn this in school grammar lessons.

Apple's as a plural is never correct. It's interesting that I seem to see that type of error much more frequently in the UK.

Nanny0gg Sat 24-Aug-13 10:48:06

Autocorrect is usually default US and unfortunately you can't always change it.

Should be 'from' MN rather than 'off' MN.

But at least you didn't type 'off of', you'd have been hung at dawn! grin

jamdonut Sat 24-Aug-13 10:54:36

And I can't bear misuse of 'there','their' and ''they're'.

Tee2072 Sat 24-Aug-13 10:56:34

If there their while they're I imagine heads shall explode.


Buzzardbird Sat 24-Aug-13 11:04:51

grin. The thing is with me is that I am at least trying to remember the correct way to illiterate but it's difficult when you go by what you see. Therefore, I ask.

Capitola Sat 24-Aug-13 11:29:44

I'm the world's worst pedant, but I manage not to correct strangers' spelling & grammar.

Almost always grin.

I do wince at some of the clangers on MN.

SilverOldie Sat 24-Aug-13 14:32:04

I can ignore most errors but the thing that really makes my teeth itch and my toes curl under is would/could should 'of' instead of HAVE. I assume some people think could've sounds like could of but it drives me mad and is frequently seen on MN threads.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 24-Aug-13 14:38:03


ShellyBoobs Sat 24-Aug-13 15:18:25


There was a post in another thread earlier today which saw 'of' used in place of 'have' no less than 5 times.

5 times in one fucking post.


SoniaGluck Sat 24-Aug-13 15:46:26

But at least you didn't type 'off of', you'd have been hung at dawn!

Shouldn't that be hanged? wink

<joins pedants>

Takver Sat 24-Aug-13 15:53:27

Surely it should be pedants' corner? grin

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