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Many times I have come across the word your. People use it instead of you are I guess so. Is it a mistake or has it another special meaning? Now I do not have the exact context but surely I will add it once I get.

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Yes some context or an example would be nice. Otherwise, people are guessing what you mean. – user6951 Feb 25 at 17:26

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When you see your used where you are is called for, what you are probably seeing is a mis-spelling of the contraction you’re.

This is a very common mistake, among native speakers as well as learners, because in many spoken dialects there is little or no difference between the pronunciations of your and you’re. In ‘textspeak’, the non-standard spelling employed colloquially in texting and on the internet, they are spelled identically: ur.

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So next time I read that Abraham was from Ur of the Chaldeans, I should ask whether they mean Your of the Chaldeans or You Are of the Chaldeans. – Jay Feb 25 at 14:42
@Jay You Are of the Chaldeans . but Ur of the Chaldeans in the Bible is a place, ur in this context is not an abbreviation. – MAKZ Feb 25 at 16:46
I think it is customary to put a gap between u and r (u r) to mean you're. – MAKZ Feb 25 at 16:53
I think it's funny that we're (wer? wur? we r?) talking about the customary way to incorrectly spell things in text-speak. – DJ McMayhem Feb 25 at 17:04
@DJMcMayhem People need to know the correct way to spell things incorrectly. – Jay Feb 25 at 17:32

Very basic question and words are often found incorrectly used by non-natives (In India, I've come across many such examples).

If you read 'your' in place of 'you are' it is either plain wrong or you have misread it! [For example, on the internet, you also find loose weight that does not mean it's correct].

What you have read is You're which is a contraction of You are.

'Your' means something belonging to you and "you are" denotes you, yourself.

That is your you are car
You are your a girl.

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Native speakers have problems with your and you're too. – snailboat Aug 19 '14 at 3:41
I have a hunch that native speakers make this error more often than non-native speakers. My idea is that it's rare to find a learner who learned English through reading and makes this kind of error. However, due to the popularity of autocorrect programs, I think this error could happen to anyone nowadays. – Damkerng T. Aug 19 '14 at 5:04
Just to quibble: "Loose weight" could be correct in the proper context. Like, "The scale came with a set of weights. Most of these had slots they fit securely into, but there was one loose weight." – Jay Feb 25 at 14:45
I just saw a statement on another forum where the writer concluded, "Thank you for your patients." Which I guess could make sense if he was a doctor and another doctor had referred patients to him, but that wasn't the context. – Jay Feb 25 at 14:47

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