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Origin of whose
Can be confusedwho's whose (see usage note at the current entry)
Definition for whose (2 of 2)
pronoun; possessive whose; objective whom.
Origin of who
In most speech and writing, however, since who or whom often occurs at the beginning of the sentence or clause, there is a strong tendency to choose who no matter what its function. Even in edited prose, who occurs at least ten times as often as whom, regardless of grammatical function. Only when it directly follows a preposition is whom more likely to occur than who : Mr. Erickson is the man to whom you should address your request.
In natural informal speech, whom is quite rare. Who were you speaking to? is far more likely to occur than the “correct” To whom were you speaking? or Whom were you speaking to? However, the notion that whom is somehow more “correct” or elegant than who leads some speakers to make an inappropriate hypercorrection: Whom are you? The person whom is in charge has left the office. See also than.
Examples from the Web for whose
Cassandra, whose hair has already begun to fall out from her court-mandated chemotherapy, could face a similar outcome.
So, whose bidding do we think these candidates are going to do?
That was accomplished by cops such as the one whose picture was clutched so tightly by his widow on Sunday.
One was a Quaker school, whose name he can no longer recall, in upstate New York.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That tweet came from Shay Horse, whose bio lists him as an independent photojournalist with ties to Occupy Wall Street.
Exile was then imposed as a penance on Columba, whose act had been the original cause of offence.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II)|Richard Bagwell
The celebrated navigator, whose heroic death is one of our worthiest traditions.Witch, Warlock, and Magician|William Henry Davenport Adams
Thus he became acquainted with a famous singing girl called Tu, whose first name was Mei, or "Elegance."Eastern Shame Girl|Charles Georges Souli
This was a greater faith than that of her daughter-in-law, Ruth, whose name is not mentioned.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews|Thomas Charles Edwards
I know not by what majority, for you did not read the record; I know not by whose votes; but that rule was rejected.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
British Dictionary definitions for whose (1 of 3)
- of whom? belonging to whom? used in direct and indirect questionsI told him whose fault it was; whose car is this?
- (as pronoun)whose is that?