Whose vs. who’s: Difference & Examples

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When do we use whose vs. who’s in English?

These are pronounced exactly the same, but they have different meanings.

Whose: Possessive pronoun

Whose is a possessive pronoun (like my, your, his, Sarah’s, etc.)

We use it when we don’t know the owner of something. For example:

  • Whose jacket is this?
  • I’m not sure whose car is parked in front of our driveway.
  • The police are trying to discover whose fingerprints are on the gun.

Who’s: Short form of “who is” or “who has”

Who’s is a contraction, a short form, of the words “who is”(more common) or “who has.” For example:

  • Who’s coming to the party?
    (who is coming)
  • I don’t know who’s responsible for the delay.
    (who is responsible)
  • We have a friend who’s been learning English for many years.
    (who has been learning)

Now you know when to use whose vs. who’s! Can you make your own example sentences? Give it a try to see if you can do it correctly.

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