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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #109108: Whose and use
    > Other English exercises on the same topics: Speaking | Genitive | Relative sentences [Change theme]
    > Similar tests: - Placement test : grammar for beginners - Vocabulary: greeting people - Genitive case - Vocabulary: on the phone - On the phone - Interacting with someone - Relative pronouns: Who/whose/whom/which/of which - Dialogue : What time...?
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    Whose and use

    1) THE RELATIVE PRONOUN: WHOSE: is mostly used in written language and expresses  A POSSESSION OR A FAMILY LINK.

    It is immediately followed by a noun (the possessed object), WITHOUT ANY ARTICLE. This noun can be a subject or a complement.

    ex : The man whose name I always forget came to see you this morning... 
    ex: The girl whose T-shirt is red is Bob's girl friend. 

    Whose is the genitive case, or 'the possessive case' of 'who' (its antecedent is always a human being.) 'Whose' is very often used, even if the antecedent is neutral (a thing or an object) so as to avoid the very clumsy and heavy purist form ('the .... of which'...) test

    ex : My room is the one whose window is open. 

    In everyday and familiar conversation, this 'ungrammatical whose' is most of the time replaced by an expression which has the same meaning.


    ex : My room is the one with the open window. = The room which has an open window is mine ....


    A) THE INTERROGATIVE ADJECTIVE: WHOSE, the genitive of WHO, is once again followed by the noun representing the possessed object or the family member we want to know, WITHOUT ANY ARTICLE.


    ex : Whose son is Patrick?  

    ex : Whose bike is this, Mike's or Jordan's? 

    B) When it has the function of an interrogative adjective, the noun preceding WHOSE may be a subject or a complement. It is also used in direct or indirect interrogative clauses. 

    ex : Finally, he told me whose car he had borrowed! 
    ex : Whose mobile phone did you use? Yours is in my bag. 


    C) WHOSE is also frequently used as an INTERROGATIVE PRONOUN (it replaces a noun) especially when the verb which follows is: to be 

    ex : Whose is this splendid house? 
    ex : Whose is this? It's mine. 

    Well! That was easy, wasn't it?  Now, here's the test ! Go for it!  

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    Which is the function of Whose ?

    a - Who's that man whose wife has disappeared and who was found guilty of her murder?

    b - My girlfriend, whose mother I was just talking to, has left the room when she saw us.

    c - I'm glad you told me whose present you have already bought for Xmas. I won't have to buy one for that cousin...

    Complete the sentences.

    d - The gentleman you trod on, had planned to give you the vacant position in the department.

    e - I wonder these are. Now, I know they're not my mother's.

    f - The team I can never manage to pronounce has won again. They'll be the champions...

    g - I wonder ; it's certainly not yours...

    h - The teacher are making so much noise has just called sick.

    i - The kid was broken during the match is just out of hospital.

    j - Look at the old woman has been stolen... She's a wreck ! Poor lady!

    k - is it? I don't know ... Let's take it to the police station ...

    l - glasses? I'm afraid someone will be unable to read the lesson tonight ...

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