Who’s vs Whose
Today while browsing the net, I stumbled on a website that had a huge collection of quotes and read “Guess, who’s quote is this?” Well, who’s and whose are commonly confused words in English. Both these words have same pronunciation but completely different meaning.
Consider these sentences:
“Who’s the manager?”
“He’s the man who’s in charge of the department.”
In each of these sentences we were saying:
“Who is there”?
“Who is the manager”?
“He’s the man who is in charge of the department.”
So, here we see that “who’s” is the contraction of “who is”. Now, take a look at this sentence:
“Parenting a child who’s been mentally tortured is difficult”. Here, “who’s” is being used as the contraction of who has.
Now, take a look at the sentence ““Guess, who’s quote is this?” Now, substitute “ who’s” in this construction with “who is” and “who has”, and see does it make any sense?
The correct word to be used here is “whose” as in “Guess, whose quote is this?”
Whose is a relative pronoun that indicates “belonging to someone”. In other words it shows possession. For instance,
“Whose car is this?”
“Jack is the person whose car is parked in the garage”