Meaning of “whose” in the English Dictionary

"whose" in British English

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whosepronoun, determiner

uk /huːz/ us /huːz/

Grammar

whosedeterminer

uk /huːz/ us /huːz/

B1 used for adding information about a person or thing just mentioned:

Cohen, whose short film won awards, 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 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.

More examples

  • The scheme is designed to help children whose parents have fallen on hard times.
  • It's an Australian company whose logo features a red kangaroo.
  • It's very difficult to integrate yourself into a society whose culture is so different from your own.
  • There's no profit to be gained from endlessly discussing whose fault it was.
  • You can't sit on the fence any longer - you have decide whose side you're on.

(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 person owns 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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