For today's blog, I'm donning my schoolmarm hat. Don't worry, kiddies. It's short and relatively painless. Memorize the correct usage of contractions versus possessive pronouns, and you'll go to the head of the class.
1) Your vs. You’re—Your is a possessive pronoun. You’re is a contraction. If you can’t break down you’re into you are, you should use your. Examples:
Your daughter is beautiful.
You’re (you are) my best friend.
2) It’s vs. Its—Another case of possessive vs. a contraction. It’s is a contraction of it is. Its is a possessive pronoun. Examples:
My dog likes to lick its paws.
It’s (it is) cold out today.
3) Their, there or they’re—There is the possessive of they, there means in that place or some place, there is the contraction for they are. Examples:
Their cabin is up in the woods.
They’re (they are) going camping over there.
4) Whose vs who’s—Whose is the possessive of who and who’s is the contraction for who is. Examples:
Whose sweater is this?
Who’s (who is) going to the prom?