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English definition of “whose”

whose

determiner     /huːz/
B1 used for adding information about a person or thing just mentioned: Cohen, whose contract expires next week, is likely to move to play for a European club. There was a picture in the paper of a man whose leg had been blown off. They meet in an old house, whose basement has been converted into a chapel. Fraud detectives are investigating the company, three of whose senior executives have already been arrested.Relative forms Grammar:Relative pronounsRelative pronouns introduce relative clauses. The most common relative pronouns are who, whom, whose, which, that. The relative pronoun we use depends on what we are referring to and the type of relative clause.See moreGrammar:Relative pronoun: whoseWe usually use whose as a relative pronoun to indicate possession by people and animals. In more formal styles we can also use it for things.See moreGrammar:No relative pronounIn informal styles, we often leave out the relative pronoun. We only do this in defining relative clauses, and when the relative pronoun is the object of the verb. We don’t leave out the relative pronoun when it is the subject of the verb nor in non-defining relative clauses:See moreGrammar:Relative pronouns: typical errorsSee moreGrammar:WholeWhole is a determiner. We use whole before nouns and after other determiners (my, the, a/an, their) to talk about quantity. We use it to describe the completeness of something:See moreGrammar:WhoseWhose is a wh-word. We use whose to ask questions and to introduce relative clauses.See moreGrammar:Whose as a question wordWe use whose to ask a question about possession:See moreGrammar:Whose in relative clausesWe use whose to introduce a relative clause indicating possession by people, animals and things:See more
(Definition of whose determiner from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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