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Meaning of “whose” in the English Dictionary

"whose" in British English

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whosepronoun, determiner

uk   us   /huːz/
B1 used ​especially in ​questions when ​asking about which ​personowns or is ​responsible for something: Whose is this ​bag? Whose ​bag is this?

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whosedeterminer

uk   us   /huːz/
B1 used for ​addinginformation about a ​person or thing just ​mentioned: Cohen, whose ​shortfilmwonawards, was ​chosen to ​direct the ​movie . There was a ​picture in the ​paper of a man whose ​leg had been ​blown off. They ​meet in an ​oldhouse, whose ​basement has been ​converted into a ​chapel. Fraud ​detectives are ​investigating the ​company, three of whose ​seniorexecutives have already been ​arrested.

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(Definition of whose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whose" in American English

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whosepronoun

 us   /huz/
used to ​ask which ​personowns or is ​responsible for something, or to say who is ​responsible for something: Whose ​bag is this? I don’t ​care whose ​fault it is. Sometimes whose refers to a thing, not a ​person: That’s the ​house whose ​kitchen is painted ​purple.
(Definition of whose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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