Okay; we’re getting back to the typical Grammar Wednesday format. Ready?
From Texts From Last Night (.com)
(919): Learn some fucking English or leave me alone! “Your” is for something that belongs to you, like ‘your herpes’. And “you’re” is a contraction for “you are”, like “you’re not sleeping with me”.
I would hasten to add here that the punctuation should go inside the quotation marks, and that one of my pet peeves is to start sentences with a conjunction; I would put those two closely related sentences together with a semicolon. Beyond that, though, I think it’s as good a clarification of the difference between “your” and “you’re” as any.
I just finished assessing my Local U. freshman essays, and by the time it was all over, I had a stack of things to go over with them when we next met. Chief among these prickly grammar issues is the fact that words like toward, backward, forward, and anyway DO NOT have an ‘s‘ on the end of them. I don’t know whether putting the ‘s‘ on the end is a regionalism, but ALL of my (native New Englander) students – to a person – were shocked when I gave them the heartbreaking news. One young man even accused me of forcing him to reconsider his entire view of life, so certain was he that “backwards” was a word.
That’s all for now; I have lesson planning to do. Oh! Remind me to tell you a story about Lisa tomorrow!