Your Welcome? or You’re Welcome? ~ 5 Minute Grammar Lesson

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Your welcome or You’re welcome?

Which one is it? YOUR welcome? or YOU’RE welcome? I see this a lot, especially when I’m reading blogs.

There’s only one right answer, though. Do YOU know which one it is?

YOUR is a possessive pronoun. There is nothing possessive in YOUR welcome so you can’t use it in this instance.

The correct answer is YOU’RE welcome. YOU’RE is a contraction for YOU ARE and the technical phrase is YOU ARE WELCOME. Therefore, the second choice is the only one that can be correct.

You're welcome or Your welcome

If you didn’t know the right answer, YOU’RE WELCOME for this post! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. I honestly can not believe how many times I’ve seen people spelling words wrong! I guess I was lucky to have caught on so well and was usually always getting A’s in English.

      • Actually, “can not” is also acceptable, but is usually only used when modifying the word after “not” instead of “can”.

  2. I just came across your blog today, and as someone who takes grammatical matters very (read: WAY TOO) seriously, I just want you to know I really appreciate this series of posts. Thank you for this public service; you really make things simple for your reader!

  3. I am curious. If you are saying “your welcome” as in a different way to say “my thanks” would it still be “you’re welcome?”
    This is coming from a seventh grader by the way.

    • Hi John, there would be a time to use your welcome – if you mean to show that the welcome belongs to a person, as in: “Your welcome here at my house has run out.” But most often, the correct usage is to to use the abbreviation for YOU ARE. In that case, you need to say You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Your is not a possessive pronoun. It’s a possessive determiner or possessive adjective or pronominal adjective. Yours a is possesive pronoun. Go back to school.

  5. I’ve been trying to order a welcome mat for a friend and am not sure about the proper use of (‘).
    The mat reads:
    Welcome to the
    (Ryan) is last name
    Should it be the Ryans, Ryan’s, Ryans’?

    • They are only possessing the welcome if there is a noun after Welcome – as in Your welcome mat is lovely. If it’s said as a response to thank you, the correct usage is YOU ARE WELCOME or You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I disagree with you. ‘You’re welcome’ doesn’t really make sense with the actual meaning of the phrase. It means “May wellness come to you”, that is “May YOUR wellness come”. Saying “You are wellness come” doesn’t really make sense. If someone says “Thanks be to you!” (thank you) why would you reply “You are wellness”. You are wishing the person wellness, not telling them they ARE wellness. By this logic the correct answer appears to actually be ‘your welcome’.

        • There are probably more phrases and spellings in English that don’t make sense than do make sense. I don’t make the rules; I just report them. It doesn’t really matter how stupid the convention to say you are welcome may seem, it is the correct response when someone says thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. That still doesn’t explain why we write “you’re welcome” in reply to thanks. There’s no obvious logic to “you are welcome” as a response to a “thank you”, thus it’s not obvious that the contraction spelling in the correct spelling. For me, I don’t perceive it as meaning “you are welcome”, it’s just a set phrase with no particular meaning other than to recognize a “thank you”. Thus spelling it as “you’re” rather than “your” is simply on convention, not something with any logic to it. It’s no more logical than a “your welcome” spelling.

  7. But if it’s in an informal email, then I think “Your Welcome” is no big deal because it is easier to type than You’re Welcome.
    Emails are notorious for using abbreviations , poor grammar and such.
    Also, I have seen so many people use Your Welcome, that at some point it becomes acceptable.
    I am sure there are words in the English language that use to be poor grammar, but became acceptable words
    because too many people used it.

    • In my opinion, you should get in the practice of using proper grammar in email so that when you have to write professional or academic emails, you aren’t confused. You’ll sound a lot smarter and your credibility will be much better. YOUR welcome is not accepted today as proper grammar. I hope it never is. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I really needed a place like this. My birth language is not English, I actually live outside the U.S. but I work using your language on a daily basis and sometimes it’s really confusing when reading people that actually are americans (so they always make me wonder if I’m writing/speaking well). As a maniac of the grammar I love learning how to properly speak/write in english. Finally and can write “you’re welcome” without hesitating. Best regards from Mexico.

  9. Okay but what if the person doesn’t feel welcome? So you’d be saying “you are welcome” but what if the person is not welcome? Because you’re giving that welcome to somebody else. It would then become theirs. So you could say “your welcome” and be grammatically correct.

    • If you mean saying your welcome after someone says thank you is sometimes grammatically correct, you’re wrong. There’s just nothing else to say about that. The grammatically correct response to thank you is you are welcome. Every single time. If you mean you like someone’s welcome mat and you say I like your welcome mat, then yes. In that case the your shows possession and you are correct. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Word 2016 has just corrected my “You’re welcome” to “Your welcome”… this is why I’m here. Just to make sure I was right. Now I’ve got the little blue squiggly line on my document!

  11. My Outlook just corrected it to Your welcome! That’s crazy! Microsoft needs to be notified. For a second, I thought I was wrong! LOL


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