Whose is whose in a sentence

Whose Vs. WhosPublished November 10, 2017WATCH: Do You Know When To Use Whose?What dowhosandwhosemean?Whoseis the possessive form of the pronounwho, whilewhosis a contraction of th

Whose is whose in a sentence

Whose Vs. WhosPublished November 10, 2017

WATCH: Do You Know When To Use Whose?

What dowhosandwhosemean?

Whoseis the possessive form of the pronounwho, whilewhosis a contraction of the wordswho isorwho has.

However, many people still findwhoseandwhosparticularly confusing because, in English, an apostrophe followed by an susually indicates the possessive form of a word. (For example, a purse belonging to a woman is thewomanspurse.) Not the case here, though.So, to help clarify further, watch this video that illustrates the differences and read more below!

When do you use whos?

The first thing to figure out when deciding between whosvs.whoseis whether youneed one word (whose) or two (whos). Substitute the words who is, (and then who has) into your sentence. If either substitution works:whosis your word.Whosis acontractionof who is or who has.A contraction is a shortened form of two or more words where the omitted letter (or letters) is replaced by an apostrophe.So, when the bears in Goldilocks and the Three Bears ask each other Whosbeen sitting in my chair?, it can also be understood as who hasbeen sitting in my chair? And, if youre wondering Whosgoing to write these words with more confidence?, we hope that the answer towho ispatting themselves on the back right about now is you.

Example sentences using whos

  • Whos as strong as an ox?
  • My aunt is someone whos living in California.
  • Tony told me whos coming to the party.

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When do you use whose?

The wordwhose is possessive, and it is often used as anadjective, which is a word that describes or clarifies a noun or a pronoun. So, in this case, whoseis apossessive adjective, because it describes who owns something. Traditionally,whosewas only used to describe a person or several persons, as in Sarah,whosedog is cute, just arrived. In this case,whoseindicates which persons (Sarahs) dog were talking about.Imagine its raining and you grab an umbrella, only to realize later that it isnt yours. You might ask your friend Whose umbrella is this? In other words, youre asking who owns the umbrella.

Over time, its become grammatically acceptable to use whose to describe things belonging to inanimate objects and places, as well. New York is a city whose lights burn brightly all night long. Here, the lights belong to the city.

Example sentences using whose

  • Whose dog chewed up my homework?
  • You and whose army!?
  • The ring came from a fire whose light was as bright as a star.
  • When I figure out whose paper this is, Ill sign it.

What about its vs. its?

And, since you might already be thinking it . . . yes, the same confusion also exists between the homophonesitsandits.Its, with no apostrophe, is the possessive form of the pronounit(its never its), whileitsis a contraction of the wordsit isorit has.

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