Imagine it is the holiday season, and you visit your grandparents with a token of love. The moment they received it, they thanked you. Now, in response, what is the correct answer to give? Your welcome or you’re welcome?
This question often confuses people a lot. And many a time, people unintentionally end up making the wrong choice. By the wrong choice, we direct to the phrase your welcome.
When we respond to someone with a warm welcome, we do not use the word your, and instead, we use you’re. You’re is simply the contraction of you are, which means we convey that you are welcome.
This confusion is commonly caused due to one main reason. The misconception between the usage of your and you’re.
You’re welcome vs Your welcome
In a simple sense, “your” is a word that shows possession. It is a possessive pronoun that one uses to refer to something as someone else’s possession. And such a word is always followed by a noun.
- Here is your card.
- Where did you keep your car?
“You’re” on the other hand, is simply the contraction of “you are”. That means we are referring to the person, you. Such contracted words are not followed by a noun.
- You’re coming?
- You’re not going tonight?
Thus, the phrase your welcome makes no sense. There is nothing possessive in Your welcome. Therefore, your welcome is just a grammatical error. The only correct word is you’re welcome, which greets “you are welcome” as a response to “thank you.”