April 22nd, 2011

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Blast from the Past: "Whose" vs. "Who's"

Blast from the Past, Round 2! This week, we revisit the rules about using whose versus who's using examples from "Doctor Who".

First, the definition:

Whose is the possessive form of who.
"Of course I know whose fez it is," Amy said. "Why do you think I stole it?"

Who's is the contraction form of who; that is, a shortening of who is or who has.
Who is:
"Who's this River Song, and how does she know so much about you?" Amy asked the Doctor.

Who has:
"Who's got my fez?" the Doctor demanded. "Fezzes are cool."

The easiest way to figure out which to use is to say the sentence out loud. Can you substitute who is or who has? If so, use who's. If not, whose is your man.

See the original article, "When do you use 'who's' versus 'whose'?"
by whymzycal

Also, see "Who's vs Whose" on Education Bug.