Asked • 06/23/19

Grammatically correct sentence where "you're" and "your" can be interchanged?

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where replacing "your" with "you're" keeps the sentence grammatically correct, but changes the meaning? If this is not possible, what grammar rules are in place that prevents these edge cases from occurring?

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Max M. answered • 06/24/19

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Hi again (if you're still looking at this)! I gave this question to my uncle, who also enjoys such grammar games, and he came up with another idea (using the names of 1940s boxers): Max Schmeling said to Joe Louis: Which arm did you use for that punch in the third round? It hurt like heck! Joe Louis replied: Guess. MS: Your right. JL: You’re right. (Me again--I hope you like this example as much as I do. Since it's a grammar question, though, I'm going to be a bit of a spoilsport and point out that "Your right" isn't a complete sentence.)


Krista P. answered • 06/23/19

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