who's, whose

who's, whose
Who's is a shortened form of "who is": "Who's ahead in the office pool?" Whose is the possessive case of the pronoun who: "Whose shoes are these?" Some grammarians formerly insisted that whose should be applied only to persons: "The car the body of which needed paint" rather than "The car whose body needed paint." Both common sense and the fact that which has no possessive form of its own have succeeded in discarding this "rule." Therefore, continue to sing about the flag "Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, / O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming."

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  • who's / whose —    Who s is a contraction for who is: Who s going to vote today?    Whose is the possessive of who meaning of whom : Whose tickets are these? …   Confused words

  • who's / whose —    Who s is a contraction for who is: Who s going to vote today?    Whose is the possessive of who meaning of whom : Whose tickets are these? …   Confused words

  • whose — See who s, whose …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • who's — See who s, whose …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • whose — [ huz ] function word *** Whose can be used in the following ways: as a determiner (introducing a direct or indirect question): Whose idea was it to come here? (introducing a relative clause): The winner was a Brazilian player, whose name I have… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whose — Who Who, pron. [Possess. {whose}; object. {Whom}.] [OE. who, wha, AS. hw[=a], interrogative pron., neut. hw[ae]t; akin to OFries. hwa, neut. hwet, OS. hw[=e], neut. hwat, D. wie, neut. wat, G. wer, neut. was, OHG. wer, hwer, neut. waz, hwaz, Icel …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • who's — ► CONTRACTION 1) who is. 2) who has. USAGE A common mistake is to confuse who s with whose: who s is a contraction of who is or who has, while whose means ‘belonging to associated with which person’ or ‘of whom o …   English terms dictionary

  • Whose — (h[=oo]z), pron. [OE. whos, whas, AS. hw[ae]s, gen. of hw[=a]. See {Who}.] The possessive case of who or which. See {Who}, and {Which}. [1913 Webster] Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee. Gen. xxiv. 23. [1913 Webster] The question whose …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Who — Who, pron. [Possess. {whose}; object. {Whom}.] [OE. who, wha, AS. hw[=a], interrogative pron., neut. hw[ae]t; akin to OFries. hwa, neut. hwet, OS. hw[=e], neut. hwat, D. wie, neut. wat, G. wer, neut. was, OHG. wer, hwer, neut. waz, hwaz, Icel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • who — [ho͞o] pron. [ME who, ho, hwo < OE hwa, masc. & fem., hwæt, neut., who? what? (akin to L qui): for IE base see WHAT] 1. what or which person or persons: used to introduce a direct, indirect, or implied question [who is he? I asked who he was;… …   English World dictionary

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