5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Who’s or Whose?
on Jan 15, 2017, Updated Jul 20, 2020
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Curious about the right time to use WHO’s or WHOSE? These two commonly mistaken words mix up a lot of really smart people, but the concept is pretty easy to learn. Keep reading for the simple explanation.
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Who’s or Whose?
WHO’S is always a contraction for WHO IS. It never notates possession. Ever. Just make that quick switch right now and commit to memory and you will be fine for ever more.
WHOSE is always a possessive adjective. I know there is no apostrophe. But it’s still possessive. Just because English is a really dumb language and everything needs to be hard, right?!
WHO’S that freak in my window? Who is that freak in my window? YES.
WHO’S excited to go to Helium Park in Eldridge? Who is excited to go to Eldridge? YES.
WHO’S coat is on the floor, again? Who is coat is on the floor, again? NO.
WHOSE coat is on the floor? YES
Who’s car is parked in my spot? Who is car is parked in my spot? NO.
WHOSE car is parked in my spot? YES
Who’s bright idea was 5:30 am cross fit? Who is bright idea was 5:30 am cross fit? NO!
WHOSE bright idea was 5:30 am cross fit? YES
Just remember the following and it’s all good:
Who’s = WHO IS, contraction
WHOSE = possessive adjective
Got it? Good!
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