whose - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
determiner, pronoun 

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/huːz/
Whose can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (introducing a direct or indirect question): Whose idea was it to come here? (introducing a relative clause): The winner was a Brazilian player, whose name I have forgotten.
as a question pronoun: Whose is this jacket?
  1. 1
    used for showing that someone or something belongs to or is connected with the person or thing that you have just mentioned

    Help is needed for families whose homes were destroyed in the bombing.

    Haig led the British army, under whose command the Commonwealth forces also fought.

    They live in a house whose roof could collapse at any time.

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  2. 2
    used for asking who someone or something belongs to or who they are connected with

    Whose fault is it that we are losing all this money?

    What about these glasses? Whose are they?

    Whose little girl is she?

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    1. a.
      used when someone knows or says who someone or something belongs to or who they are connected with

      I’ve found a bunch of keys, but I don’t know whose they are.

      He wouldn’t say whose names were on the list.

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