You’re is a contraction of you are. It has no other uses. This is a 100% rule. If you cannot expand it to you are in your sentence, then it is wrong.

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
(Expands to you are – correct)
Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re finished.
(Expands to you are – correct)
Please ask Joan to post the parcel when you’re in London.
(Expands to you are – correct)
You said that you couldn’t believe you’re ears.
(Does not expand to you are – should be your)


The word your sits before another word (usually a noun or a pronoun) to show that it belongs to “you” (e.g., your car, your arm), is of “you” (e.g., your picture, your photograph) or is related to “you” (e.g., your uncle).

Your is a possessive adjective. (Other possessive adjectives are my, his, her, its, our and their.)

Our expert will answer your questions about pensions and savings.
(questions belonging to “you”)
Sarah doesn’t look like your sister.
(related to “you”)

You’re or Your?
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