Who-Whom-Whose or Who’s
Using who, whom, whose and who’s can be very confusing in English. We break down the confusion in this video.
1. Watch the video
- Watch the video without captions to test your listening.
- Then watch it with captions to check your understanding.
You can switch on and off the captions in the video for this activity.
After the watching video, complete the following activity. Fill in the blanks with who, whom, whose or who’s.
1. _______________ ate all the lasagne?
2. _______________ watch are you wearing?
3. To ________________ is this addressed?
4. _________________ coming for tea tonight?
5. ______________ was the founding leader of this group?
In today’s English On The Go, we look at who, whom, whose and who’s.
Who, whom and whose come from a class of pronouns called interrogative pronouns.
These pronouns are usually used to ask questions. Who is usually used when asking questions about people.
Who spoke at the conference?
Who moved the chair?
One way to make sure you’re using who correctly is to use she or he as a replacement in the sentence.
Who spoke at the conference? He spoke at the conference.
Who moved the chair? She moved the chair.
Whom is the object form of who. As an interrogative pronoun, whom is primarily used in formal writing.
To whom does the bag belong? Whom does the bag belong to? Who does the bag belong to?
But who is far more regularly used in informal settings.
Whose is the possessive form. It means belonging to.
Whose friend are you? Whose chair did you move?
Who’s is a contraction of two words, who is or who has.
Who’s coming today? Who is coming today?
Who’s got your hat? Who has got your hat?
Answers to activity:
1. Who ate all the lasagne?
2. Whose watch are you wearing?
3. To whom is this addressed?
4. Who’s coming for tea tonight?
5. Who was the founding leader of this group?