Who’s is a contraction linking the words who is or who has, and whose is the possessive form of who. They may sound the same, but spelling them correctly can be tricky. To get into the difference between who’s and whose, read on.
Who’s vs. Whose
- Both who’s and whose come from the pronoun who (shocking, right?).
- Who’s is a contraction, meaning it’s two words stuck together. The formula: who + is, or who + has.
- For example: who’s hungry?
- Whose is a possessive pronoun. Use it when you’re asking (or telling) whom something belongs to.
- For example: whose sandwich is this?
But, when you need “whom” to explain what “whose” means, more information is needed. Plus, even though who’s is a contraction and whose is possessive, put them together and you sound like an owl starting to fall asleep. That’s because these two words are homophones, meaning they sound the same, but mean different things. Keep your apostrophes where they belong by continuing through this explanation of who’s vs. whose. See More . . .