Which vs. Whose

Which and whose are used a lot in English and this makes it really important to learn them. Since they can be relative pronouns they introduce relative clauses.

What Are Their Main Differences?

'Which' and 'whose' can be determiners and pronouns, Each has its own grammatical importance and rules. Sometimes They can be of similar rules and other times they can be different. Actually, their main difference relies on their meanings. 'Which' refers to things or add details and information to things; while 'whose' indicates possessions and it means 'of which'.

Differences

How They Differ in Their Meaning and Uses

  • 'Which' and 'whose':

imply different functions. We mean; as it was mentioned earlier, 'Which' is used to ask for information about a definite set of things or people. However, 'Whose' is used to ask about possessions related to things and people.

Which animal can jump higher the kangaroo or the rabbit?

Whose little bunny is this?

Similarities

Which and Whose as Pronouns

  • 'Which' and 'whose':

can be either interrogative pronouns or relative pronouns. As you might know, interrogative pronouns are used to ask questions. However, relative pronouns are used to connect two clauses. 'Which' and 'whose' both can be used in restrictive or non-restrictive clauses. Remember to put a comma at the beginning and at the end of a non-restrictive clause.

Whose are those?

This is the factory whose founder died last week.

This house, which belongs to Mr. Rite, is being sold.

Which one is your car?

The director, whose films won Oscars, works with the best screenwriters ever.

'Which' and 'whose' as Determiners

  • 'Which' and 'whose':

as determiners are followed by nouns. Feel free to study the examples.

Whose shirts are those? → determiner

Which animal is not able to see in day light? → determiner

Common Errors

Some think that 'whose' is just used for 'living things which is absolutely incorrect. 'Whose' and 'which' both can be used to refer to living and non-living things.

The man, which is wearing blue shirts, is Sara's father.

That is the school which was built 20 years ago.

It is the factory whose products are famous all over the world.

The boy, whose friends were angry with, is getting everyone present.

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