Quick Guide about Using Whose — includes Two Exercises

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“Whose” can be a question word and a relative pronoun. (A relative pronoun connects two sentences.)

It means: belonging to someone.

If you ask: “Whose bag is this?”, you want to know whom this bag belongs to. Is it Sandra’s bag or Wilbert’s bag or somebody else’s?

Another example: “Whose birthday is it today?” With this question you’re asking for the person who has their birthday today.

Let’s do a little exercise with this and then we’ll do the relative pronoun thing.


Exercise 1

Make questions with whose. You can do the quiz online here.


Answer: This is Juan’s pen.

My question: Whose pen is this?
1 Answer: This is Frannie and Sergio’s car.

My question: Whose _____________________?


2 Answer: Those are my socks.

My question: Whose _____________________?


3 Answer: This is Elisha’s money.

My question: Whose _____________________?


4 Answer: This was our idea.

My question: Whose _____________________?


5 Answer: That’s Faye’s book lying there on the table.

My question: Whose _____________________?


6 Answer: Annabelle’s name starts with A.

My question: Whose _____________________?


Whose as a Relative Pronoun

“Whose” is used to connect two sentences.

Suppose I have the following two sentences:

1 I listened to my friend. 2 His voice got hoarse from telling me such a long story.

You can combine these sentences into one sentence by using “whose:”
I listened to my friend whose voice got hoarse from telling me such a long story.

“Whose voice” refers to “my friend.” It’s his voice that is getting hoarse.


Another example.

Remy is the player whose talents are going to make a big difference to our team.

“Whose” connects two sentences:

  1. Remy is the player.
  2. His talents are going to make a big difference to our team.

So “whose talents” refers to Remy’s talents.


Last example:

I don’t know whose shoes these are.

This example is slightly different, because “whose” connects a sentence and a question:

  1. I don’t know.
  2. Whose shoes are these?


Exercise 2

Use whose to combine the two sentences into one sentence.


A 1 This is the castle.

2 Its dead owners have returned as ghosts.

New sentence: This is the castle whose dead owners have returned as ghosts.

You can do this exercise online here


B 1 These are our new neighbours.

2 Their daughter is in school with ours.

New sentence: ______________________________________________


C 1 Is this the book?

2 Its cover has been designed by a famous artist.

New question: ______________________________________________?


D 1 Here is the couple.

2 Their passports need to be renewed.

New sentence: ______________________________________________


E 1 There is Charlie.

2 His dog is gnawing on the table leg.

New sentence: ______________________________________________


F 1 Is she the actress?

2 Her photo was all over the papers last weekend.

New question: ______________________________________________?


G 1 You need to throw away the foods.

2 Their expiration date has passed.

New sentence: ______________________________________________
If you like these exercises, you can do hundreds more on englishwithasmile.net and order extra exercises too.

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