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Your right v. you're right

Don't say that: 

"Your right" when you mean "you are correct."
"You're right" when you mean "you are entitled to do that."

Do say this: 

"It's your right to do that"
"You're right about that."


This is all about the apostrophe.

An apostrophe has more than one function.

For example: "that's your lunch." The apostrophe is used in "that's" to show that two words have been joined up by the omission of one or more letters. In full, it would say "that is." "Your" in this sentence refers to you.

Following the same principle of contraction, it's obvious that "you're" is used when the full form would be "you are."

So, working out which to use is easy: if you are shortening something, use the apostrophe. If you aren't (did you see what we did there?), no apostrophe is needed.


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