Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Editing for Grammarphobes: Too Hot to Think

Since most of the United States is under a severe heat warning today, with temperatures soaring in the upper 90s to over 100 and heat indexes around 115, I find myself wanting to stay in my lovely air conditioning and avoid anything that requires too much brain capacity. 


So, here is a grammar quickie courtesy of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law.


who's, whose


Who's is a contraction for who is, not a possessive. Whose is the possessive. 


Examples


Who's there?
I do not know whose coat it is.


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5 comments:

R. Doug Wicker said...

I'm always having trouble remembering this, and wind up looking it up nearly every time I use either whose or who's.

Drives me nuts.

Deborah said...

Who's the coolest (strictly in the meteorological sense)? I think we are in Europe, currently, quite chilly in fact. And whose outlook is better?! I'd always rather be too cold than too hot - enjoy that air con!

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Well played, Deborah. I would rather be cold than hot as well. One can always put on more clothes.

R. Doug, feel free to bookmark this post for easy access. Glad I can be of service. :)

Miss Good on Paper said...

My students always have trouble with this! I should direct them to these examples. =)

Thanks!
-Miss GOP

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Feel free to invite them over anytime, Miss GOP. Thanks for stopping by.