your

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • ur (informal, Internet, text messaging)
  • ya, yer, yr (informal)
  • yo, yo' (African American Vernacular)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English your, youre, ȝour, ȝoure, from Old English ēower, īower (your, plural), from Proto-West Germanic *iuwar, from Proto-Germanic *izweraz. Cognate with Saterland Frisian jou (your), Dutch jouw (your), German Low German jo, jos (your), German euer (your, plural), Danish jeres (your).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • In US English, /jɚ/ is generally the unstressed version of /jɔɹ/; in many dialects, however, /jɝ/ is frequent even in positions of stress.

Determiner[edit]

your

  1. Belonging to you; of you; related to you (singular; one owner).
    Let’s meet tomorrow at your convenience.
    Is this your cat?
  2. Belonging to you; of you; related to you (plural; more owners).
  3. A determiner that conveys familiarity and mutual knowledge of the modified noun.
    Not your average Tom, Dick and Harry.
    Your Show of Shows
    Your World with Neil Cavuto
    Not Your Average Travel Guide
  4. (Ireland) That; the specified (usually used with a human referent)
    Your man just bought a new car.
    Have you seen what your one over there is doing?

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Translations[edit]

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Contraction[edit]

your

  1. Misspelling of you're.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The use of your instead of you're is a common mistake in written English.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English ēower, from Proto-West Germanic *iuwar, from Proto-Germanic *izweraz. Initial /j/ is by analogy with ye.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Determiner[edit]

your (nominative pronoun ye)

  1. second-person plural possessive determiner: your (plural)
  2. (formal) second-person singular possessive determiner: your (singular).

Descendants[edit]

  • English: your (ya, yer, yo)
  • Scots: your (yer)
  • Yola: yer

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