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    Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    Yes (BrE). In terms of pronunciation:

    Your = you're = yore
    to = too = two
    there = their = they're

    These are all homonyms (also known as homophones) in English and mistakes are made with them even by native speakers. Context tells us which one is correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?
    I pronounce them in the same way.


    They're homophones as the pronunciation is the same. A true homonym has the same pronunciation and spelling, like left- past tense of leave or the opposite of right.

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    I am not a teacher.

    I think that distinction is all but disappearing.

    A homonym is both a homophone and a homograph, but most dictionary definitions of homonym read like definitions of homophone.

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    I think the distinction is expanding. When I was in school, there were only "homonyms". Now they have been subdivided into "homographs", "homophones", and "homonyms".

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    I learned there were "homonyms" that were spelled the same and "homophones" that sounded the same.

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I think that distinction is all but disappearing.

    A homonym is both a homophone and a homograph, but most dictionary definitions of homonym read like definitions of homophone.
    That is why I added the word true. It's one of those distinctions I don't lose sleep over- you can add acronym/initialism at the head of the list, and I'm not convinced that worrying over whether an -ing form is a present participle or a gerund does much to help learners.

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    Thank you all for your answers.

    I wondered if there are native English speakers who would say that pronouncing your and you’re the same not only creates confusion, but also is incorrect: they are not homophones.

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    Some native speakers rhyme your and you're with pure. I don't think they'd make any distinction between them, but (unasked by the OP but mentioned earlier in the thread), I think they'd rhyme yore with pore.

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    Re: Is the pronunciation of the word "you're" the same as that of the word "your"?

    Taiwan, they are homophones for me. And yes, it can be confusing.

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