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whose

pronoun, determiner     /huːz/
B1 used especially in questions when asking about which person owns or is responsible for something: Whose is this bag? Whose bag is this?Question words and expressions Grammar:Questions: interrogative pronouns (what, who)We use interrogative pronouns to ask questions. They are: who, which, whom, what and whose. These are also known as wh-words. Questions using these are called wh-questions:See moreGrammar:Interrogative pronouns: usesWe use who and whom on their own:See moreGrammar: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
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