Spelling Rules for Whose and Who’s

Do you sometimes choose the wrong spelling for these two words that sound the same: “whose” and “who’s?” Here are the spelling rules to remember:

Whose” is an adjective that essentially asks a question about the ownership of something:

> Whose shoes are they?
> Whose science project won?
> I don’t know whose idea that was.

Who’s is simply an abbreviation for “who is” or “who has.” The apostrophe indicates missing letters.

For example, “Who’s coming with me?” or “Who’s the man?”

“Who’s” – as in “Who’s got the tickets” is a contraction for “who has.” We could have said, “Who has the tickets,” but we just as often say, “Who’s got…” (which is short for “who has got”).


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