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Your Welcome or You’re Welcome?

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Written by Malki Ehrlich on December 29, 2016

It’s the holiday season and people are getting together, swapping gifts, and sending “Thank You” notes to one and all. So, how do you respond? Do you reply with “Your Welcome” or “You’re Welcome”?

People often make the mistake of writing Your Welcome when it should be You’re Welcome! Since they both sound the same, it’s easy to make such an error. A good way to remember is to use “you’re” when it’s appropriate to say “you are”.

Let’s take a look at some comparisons:

                            Yоur                                                                              Yоu’rе
Examples:  “Yоur flу іѕ open.”                                   “You’re making things very hard fоr me.”
Examples:  “I lіkе уоur shoes.”                                  “Yоu’rе the lоvе оf mу lіfе”.
Mеаnіng:  “Your” means “bеlоngіng tо уоu”.            “Yоu’rе” іѕ a combination of “уоu аrе”.

Is it a Noun or a Pronoun?
“Your” is a possessive pronoun such as Your Cat, Your House, etc. It is always followed by a noun such as Cat or House.  Since it is possessive by nature, it never has an apostrophe with it.

Here’s two more exаmрlеs of Yоur Welcome vs. Yоu’rе Welcome that will help us understand this better:

Correct usage of ‘You’re’.
“I think your more than qualified for that position”. That’s saying “I think you more than qualified for that position”. The grammar is wrong because it does not make any sense. The sentence should be “I think you’re more than qualified for that position”.

Correct usage of ‘Your’.
You’re hair is the loveliest shade of red”. What you are saying is: “You Are hair is the loveliest shade of red” which is obviously the wrong use of the word. The correct usage should be “Your hair is the loveliest shade of red”. A contraction is never followed by a noun such as Hair.

You’re Welcome!
The Ginger Software Team

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34 Responses to “Your Welcome or You’re Welcome?”

  1. lotan anat on January 2nd, 2017

    Very good job, I really need such tips.
    Thank you

    • funny guy on September 13th, 2017

      You’re welcome 😉

  2. Juliette on March 3rd, 2017

    I loved the way you explained that !

  3. Answers on March 30th, 2017

    “You’re welcome” sounds like “your welcome” but… it also sounds like “Your well come”, which could mean that you were glad to be on help/service and/or also happy to see that they were able to enjoy the service for which they were showing you their gratitude…
    So, couldn’t it be either one: “you’re welcome” or “your well come”? I would understand that “you’re welcome” means that you were there to help/service them, showing that you are hospitable towards them, as well as accepting their thanks…

    • Chloe Hills on April 10th, 2017

      By saying Your Well Come you have just said “you well come”. The word well has become a noun as in a well that you would get water from. Remember, Your is possessive and has to take hold a noun therefore “well” would become a thing.

      • Tiana on April 22nd, 2018

        Actually saying your well come is not the same as saying you well come because saying ‘your hair’ isn’t saying ‘you hair’, it is saying ‘the hair that belongs to you’.

    • Sherry Cat on June 20th, 2017

      ‘well come’ and ‘welcome’ do not have the same meaning. Even if they did, it would still not be, “you well come” it should be “you are welcome” therefor ‘your’ is incorrect and ‘you’re’ is correct.

  4. rosita alsaybar on April 2nd, 2017

    Great explanation. Thank you

  5. The Lone Ranger on April 19th, 2017

    Thnx man…your content sure is precise and helpful.

  6. Duane Thaxton on April 26th, 2017

    Agreed. Great work Malki . . . and Great input from all.

  7. Grace on May 2nd, 2017

    Thank you

  8. Raghavendra H on May 5th, 2017

    Y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶W̶e̶l̶c̶o̶m̶e̶ oops You’re Welcome

  9. Corali on May 11th, 2017

    I realized “you’re” means “you are” and “your” is possessive, but what if it’s supposed to be saying “It’s your welcome” as if it’s… their welcome? IDK. I’m tired and I’ve just been trying to find out if my explanation makes sense

    • Jim on September 27th, 2017

      The possessive word ‘your’ must be followed by a noun. Welcome is not a noun.

      • Marc on November 30th, 2017

        “The welcome I received from my friends was fantastic”….seems like a noun to me. It’s still “you’re welcome” but not for the reason you give

    • Quasimodo on September 17th, 2018

      It does not.

  10. Bugaboo on May 18th, 2017

    So would i say And I thought as your back before me you could finish painting.or And i thought as you’re back before me you could finish painting?

  11. Mrizi on November 15th, 2017

    Thankyou for the article v informative

  12. Taro on November 20th, 2017

    I used to write ‘yw’ but after this I’ll write”yaw” . thanks man

  13. Dwayne Croft on November 25th, 2017

    My iPhone gives” Your welcome “as an option above keyboard . I knew this was wrong but came here to confirm.

  14. OCO EA for MT4 on January 26th, 2018

    I stumbled upon this I’ve found It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & aid other customers like its aided me. Great job.

  15. Miroslav on February 23rd, 2018

    Thanks very much

  16. Yai on March 22nd, 2018

    Ha! Love how you ended the explanation :o) thanks.

  17. Johanne on April 27th, 2018

    I’m seeing and hearing so many grammatical errors that people seem to accept like this one. I had to look it up because I know I’m grammatically correct when I understand the difference between the possessive pronoun and the contraction, but maybe I’m just not hip. Now, if only we could get people to stop saying ‘simUlar’ for ‘simIlar’ and scary for scared. Grammatical errors steams my peas lol

  18. Johanne on April 27th, 2018

    before anyone points out that I should have written, “grammatical errors steam my peas” let me point out that it was a typographical error and not a knowledge one.

  19. Swapnil Jha on April 29th, 2018

    This article doesn’t relate to the heading. Heading is “You’re Welcome vs Your Welcome” and not “You’re vs Your”

  20. Nadia on May 10th, 2018

    Hello! Can i post this to my English forum?I’ll post the credit too if u don’t mind :)

    • Malki Ehrlich on May 10th, 2018

      You may only hyperlink this blog in your forum.

  21. Pliadisfoto on May 11th, 2018

    Malonu skaityti!

  22. Ahad on June 19th, 2018

    Your is not a possessive pronoun. It is a possessive adjective. That’s why you must use a noun after it, ‘your pen’

  23. George Carlo Baganao on July 5th, 2018

    thanks man appreciated 😉

  24. Best gurl on September 30th, 2018

    Wow I’m only ten I’m doing a reading log and I put your welcome in a skit, I remembered something I watched on YouTube on daily potato and it said your welcome then something popped up screaming so I knew I was wrong, I looked up proper grammar for your welcome and found this, TYSM!

  25. Jarekexe on April 9th, 2019

    There are many sources saying that both forms are correct.

    • Michael Libman on April 16th, 2019

      You’re is a contraction – You are
      YOUR is a possessive pronoun. There is nothing possessive in YOUR welcome so you can’t use it in this instance.


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