How to Use the Words You and Yours in Your Articles


When you write for an audience, you need to consider who they are, where they’re from and what they want out of your article. These are the 5 W’s of journalism, and they can help you format an article that will be the most beneficial to your readers. However, you may not be as familiar with the audience as you think. Asking the right questions about your audience can make you more aware of how your use of certain words can change their meaning. This is especially true when it comes to the use of the words you and yours.

You is a second person singular pronoun used to address a single individual in a conversation or when a noun or phrase is referring to that individual. In addition to its use as a singular pronoun, you can also be a plural pronoun, taking the form of yours (your, yourselves, y’all). Its usage as a plural is often triggered by verb forms that would normally signal agreement as a third person pronoun (e.g., I sent it to you).

Historically, English had a distinction between a singular and plural second-person pronoun similar to that found in many other languages, including the Dutch jij/je, jou, and yu; Low German jo/ju, ju, yü; and the archaic Swedish ye. The King James Version of the Bible retained this distinction, using thou, thee, and thine for the singular, and ye and yous for the plural. However, the modern thou has been gradually replaced by you in most contexts.

Plural forms of the pronoun you can be a source of confusion, as they tend to look similar and sound alike. The most common example is the South Midland and Southern American expression y’all, which can be pronounced as either a monosyllable or two-syllable word and is usually written as ya’ll or y’all. This word is often confused with the grammatically identical you guys, but y’all refers to a group of people without reference to their gender, while you guys can be specific and refer to male or female individuals.

The word you is also sometimes confused with its possessive adjective, your. The difference between these two terms is important to know because your and you’re are homophones, or words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. In addition, you’re is a contraction of the two words you are, and spelling errors in this type of word are more likely to occur when using a computer program to check spelling.

To help you avoid these errors, here are a few tips for correctly distinguishing between your and you’re. Remember that your is a possessive adjective and you’re is a contraction of the words you are. When in doubt, it is best to avoid using a contraction and stick with the traditional spelling of the word you are. This will prevent any confusion over the difference between your and you’re.

Using the Word “ME” to Define Yourself

When you’re asked to describe yourself to a prospective employer or someone you meet, it can be difficult. Most people are expected to respond by stating their qualifications or describing their job, hobbies, or passions. However, a more interesting way to answer the question is to use the word “ME.” The word can be used to describe your unique traits and experiences. It can also be used to highlight things that you have done well or to describe your personality. Using the word “ME” is a great way to show your individuality and set yourself apart from other candidates.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS, is an illness that causes fatigue and other symptoms that have been described as post-exertional malaise (PEM). It is a neurological condition that can cause severe disruption to daily life. It can affect people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. It is estimated that at least one million people in the United States have ME/CFS.

There is no cure for ME/CFS, but there are strategies that can be used to manage the symptoms. These include resting, pacing activity, and self-care. In addition, it is important to note that ME/CFS can be worsened by stress and other environmental factors. The ME Association’s free ME patient guide contains more information on how to effectively use these strategies.

ME/CFS is a complex illness, and there is much debate about what causes it. Researchers have found that certain infections can trigger ME/CFS. These infections may be viral or bacterial, and they can vary in severity and duration. Common viral triggers include glandular fever and Epstein-Barr virus infectious mononucleosis. Other triggering infections have been herpes simplex, the varicella virus (causes chickenpox and shingles), hepatitis A, hepatitis C, herpes B, and a variety of enteroviruses.

Despite the challenges, it is possible to live with ME/CFS. Having a strong support system and finding the right balance between pacing activities and resting is essential for symptom management. In addition, it is important to keep in mind that there are many additional conditions that can coexist with ME/CFS, including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or an increased heart rate upon standing), and Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome. It is important to recognize these comorbidities and treat them as needed.

ME/CFS can be disabling, and most people with ME/CFS are unable to work full time or do any regular physical activity. Some are homebound or bedbound, and the most severely affected need around-the-clock care. A key to effective ME/CFS management is for health care professionals to have accurate, up-to-date knowledge about this elusive illness. The ME Association’s new clinical guideline aims to improve ME/CFS diagnosis and treatment by providing healthcare professionals with the best evidence on recognition, management, referral, and ongoing care and support. The ME Association fully supports this new clinical guideline and is working to ensure its proper implementation and improved care for patients with ME/CFS. The guideline is available to download here.