Whose and who’s

These words are often confused by ESL students. Whose is a possessive word. It is used in questions and relative clauses. Who’s is the contraction of who is or who has.

  • Incorrect: Who’s is this coat?
  • Correct: Whose is this coat?
  • Incorrect: Whose is that over there?
  • Correct: Who’s that over there?
  • Incorrect: I know a girl who’s brother serves in the army.
  • Correct: I know a girl whose brother serves in the army.
  • Incorrect: I have got a cousin whose never been to a cinema.
  • Correct: I have got a cousin who’s never been to a cinema.

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