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is short for who is
or who has
. (This is a 100% rule - it has no other
is a bit more complicated. It sits before a noun to state (or ask) to whom it belongs. For example:
- A king whose crown is too big.
- Whose crown is this?
Who's and Whose
The terms whose
sound identical, but they perform very different roles in English.
Whose is the possessive form of who
. It means
belonging to whom
usually sits before a
- Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
(Whose is before the noun visit. Whose in this example is a relative pronoun.)
- Whose bike was expensive?
(Whose is before the noun bike. Whose in this example is an interrogative
- Carl knows the girl whose phone was stolen.
(Whose is before the noun phone. Whose in this example is a relative pronoun.)
is a contraction
of either who is
or who has
. It has no other uses.
- Who's coming to fix the bed?
- Who's eaten the last muffin?
- I met the inspector who's delivering tomorrow's briefing.
Select the correct version:
WHO'S = WHO IS OR WHO HAS
If you cannot substitute the who's in your sentence with either who is or who has, then it is wrong.
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