Use the possessive pronoun "whose" when determining the owner (or relationship) of something:
- Do you know whose books these are?
- She's the girl whose parents come from Ukraine. (whose parents = her parents)
- We're not sure whose things were left in the classroom.
- The company is looking for someone whose experience and education match the job that's available.
- Whose jacket is this?
- Whose ideas are those?
This video explains how the word "whose" is used in an adjective clause:
Don't confuse the pronoun "whose" with the contraction, "who's" (who is)
- Who's going to the movie with us?
- Who's in the classroom?
- Who's the teacher?
Do you understand the difference between "whose" and the contraction "who's"? They sound exactly the same, but they are different words.
Try this exercise:
Directions: Choose between "whose" and "who's" for each sentence or question.
Write your answers in your notebook!
1. ________ going to the concert? (who's / whose)
2. ________ car is that? (who's / whose)
3. Do you know _________ on TV right now? (who's / whose)
4. The teacher takes attendance to check _________ in the classroom. (who's / whose)
5. I don't know __________ books those are.
The answers are below.
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ANSWERS: 1. Who's; 2. Whose; 3. who's; 4. who's;
This page was first published on June 20, 2012. It was updated on February 22, 2016.