Who’s Unsure About “Who,” “Whom,” “Who’s,” and “Whose”?
Just about every single day, we are asked about “who” vs. “whom” vs. “who’s” vs. “whose” in some combination. Based on the frequency with which we receive such questions, it is reasonable to infer that many people find this topic confusing.
In the following paragraphs, we will try to explain these tricky terms as clearly as possible.
“Who” vs. “Whom”
Let’s first take a look at whom, the least understood of the four terms.
Here are some example sentences to illustrate how that works:
- For whom did you bake the cake? 👩🍳🎂
- Did you want to know whom I will be going to prom with, Mom? 👸
- The angry teacher would like to know from whom you plagiarized the assignment. 🔥👨🏫🔥
- At whom did you blow that kiss? 😘
That was easy, right? But what happens when we don’t have prepositions to make things so convenient? Fear not.
Let’s see this in action:
That should more or less takes care of the confusion between who and whom.
“Who’s” vs. “Whose”
Let’s now move on to the homophones who’s and whose.
In short, use whose only to indicate possession. (And not the kind that requires an exorcist.) 😈
💁 By the way, it is perfectly OK to use “whose” for objects. For example, “I own a car whose doors are made entirely out of pizza slices” is fine. 🚗🍕🍕
That wasn’t so tough, was it?
Before wrapping this up, here’s one more example using the beloved Tenth Doctor.
On whose face is the Doctor drawing?