Are and our are tricky homophones; however, there is a simple solution. The best way to tell them apart is to remember that they are two different parts of speech.
Are is the verb *to be* in plural form.
For example: They are buying lots of books.
For example: Are you going to purchase any books?
Our is a pronoun that indicates possession.
For example: Our dog ran to our neighbor’s house.
For example: Where is our dog?
Here is an example of the two words in the same sentence:
Are you going to take our car to the book signing?
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