Whose vs. Who's: Common Grammar Mistake
Whose vs. Who's
Mixing up "whose" and "who's" is a common grammar mistake. People tend to believe any word with a contraction, such as "who's," is a possessive form. In fact, "whose" is the possessive form, while "who's" is a contraction for "who is" or "who has."
- Whose – Possessive pronoun. Use when asking or telling whom something belongs to. (ex. Whose phone is this?)
- Who's – Contraction for "who is" or "who has." (ex. Who's that?)
Use the resources and examples here to help you sort out the differences between the two words and when to use them. Then, take the grammar quiz at the end of this article to see if you have mastered the use of "who's" and "whose" in sentences.
The Differences Between Whose and Who's
Possessive of "who"
Whose iced tea is this?
"who is" or "who has"
Who's the best golfer ever?
Examples of Whose in a Sentence
Use the following examples of "whose" in a sentence to gain a better understanding of when to use this word. Remember, "whose" is the possessive of "who."
- "Whose drink is this?"
- "There's the story about the guy whose wife stabbed him for life insurance money."
- "Whose guitar is named Lucille?"
- "Bart Simpson is the cartoon character whose dad's name is Homer."
- "You have a patient in the waiting room whose arm is broken."
- "Whose horrible example of grammar is this?"
Examples of Who's in a Sentence
Use the following examples of "who's" in a sentence to gain a better understanding of when to use this word. Remember, "who's" is a contraction for "who is" or "who has."
- "This is my brother, who's an accountant."
- "Who's the best three point shooter on the team?"
- "Who's the president of the United States?"
- "You should check out my mechanic, who's really cheap and honest."
- "Who's been eating all the cookies out of the cookie jar?"
- "Who's not done with his or her assignments?"
Take the Grammar Quiz
Below you will find a quiz that tests your knowledge of the words "who's" and "whose." Retake the grammar quiz until you are sure you understand when and how to use these words.
Who's and Whose Online Grammar Quizview quiz statistics
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