Are or Our?

What is the difference between are and our?

Are is like am and is. (They are all forms of the verb to be in the present tense.) For example: Our means belonging to us. (It is a possessive pronoun.) For example:

Are or Our?

The words are and our are both extremely common in English, and they sound similar. However, their meanings are very different.


Are is to is as were is to was. In other words, are is from the verb to be.

Look at this table:
PronounPersonVerb To Be in Simple Present
IFirst person singularam
YouSecond person singularare
He/She/ItThird person singularis
WeFirst person pluralare
YouSecond person pluralare
TheyThird person plural are



Our means belonging to us. Our is a possessive adjective.

Examples: The other possessive adjectives are my, your, his, her, its, our, their, and whose.

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What are verbs? What is the simple present tense? What are possessive adjectives? What are possessive pronouns? List of easily confused words