Whose vs who’s: tips to help you learn the difference
WHOSE vs WHO’S – learn the difference between these two commonly confused spellings.
WHOSE and WHO’S are easy to confuse. Though they sound the same – and both have their root in the word WHO – they have different meanings. These simple tips will help you learn the difference.
When to use whose
WHOSE is a possessive pronoun used to ask or tell whom something belongs to.
“Whose pencil is this?”
“JK Rowling is an author whose books are loved by millions.”
When to use who’s
WHO’S is a contraction of who + is or who + has.
“Who’s coming with me?” = “Who is coming with me?”
“Shall I see who’s gone with him?” = “Shall I see who has gone with him?”
In a nutshell, if you can replace the word you’re writing with either who is or who has, always use WHO’S.
I hope this guidance helps you remember the difference between whose and who’s. Let me know how you get on.