Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Writing Tip : Using "who's" and "whose" correctly

Using "who's" and "whose" correctly


This article provides a simple way to choose between who's and whose.
When should you use who's instead of whose?
Well, who's is always short for who is. For example:
  • Who's that guy in the red tie?
  • Who's the actress in Out of Africa?
The easiest way to explain whose is to say that you use it whenever it would be wrong to say who is. For example:
  • Is he the guy whose tie was red?
  • Was it Streep whose career peaked with Out of Africa?
  • Whose PC is this?
The different uses of these words is illustrated by the following pair of sentences:
  • Bob, who's normally prompt, was late today.
  • Bob, whose record is exemplary, was late today.
In summary, use who's when you mean who is and whose otherwise.

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