Whose vs. Who’s

The difference between the use of whose and who’s is similar to that between the use of its and it’s (discussed here).

whose – the possessive form of whom.

“The director, whose shares were recently acquired by the company, resigned last week.”

who’s – a contraction of who is. When you see the apostrophe, think “who is”.

“The plaintiff, who’s suing the defendant, is represented by a very competent counsel.”

Gregory M. Poehler, B.A., J.D. Born: Boston, MA (USA). Admitted to the New York and Massachusetts Bars and the United States Federal Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Practiced in two large law firms in New York City with a specialization in intellectual property law, including trademark, copyright and patent litigation and domain name dispute resolution. Masters in European Intellectual Property Law, Stockholm University (2006). LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, SWEDISH

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  1. Sydney Richardson

    I am designing a page for my school yearbook. The page is supposedly called “Whose Who,” but I have my doubts. I am confused whether I should type it “Whose” or “Who’s.” Thanks.

    1. greg


      Many thanks for your question. The page should be titled “Who’s who” (or the contracted form of “Who is Who”). “Who’s who” is commonly used as the title for something which contains biographical information on a particular group of people.

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