Whose mustache is cooler? Hahaha.
I've written about who's and whose before, but I've seen enough mistakes with these words lately that I thought they warranted their own blog post.
Here's the skinny:
- Who's is a contraction of the words who and is (or was, has, etc.). For example, Who's that girl? and Who's got the button? are both correct.
- Whose shows possession. I might say Whose dirty socks are on the couch? or I wonder whose idea John likes best.
If you're tempted to misuse the words, just think about whether you're using it to show possession or designate ownership. If you're not, who's is probably the right choice.
Do you misuse these words? Have you seen them misused lately?