English Grammar Lesson – Relative Clauses Using Whose

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Hi everyone in Happy English land! Welcome back to another exciting English class. This week, by popular request, we have been studying relative clauses in English, specifically Adjective clauses. Today, I would like to continue that discussion and show you how we use whose in an adjective clause.

Whose is used to show possession. As you know, we used whose in a question to ask about possession:

  • Whose book is this? Who is the owner of this book?
  • Whose car has the license plate ABC-9876?
  • I know whose car that is. It’s mine!

In a similar way, we can use whose in an adjective clause. The grammar is whose + noun + verb:

  • The student whose book is missing is Jane.
  • The house whose roof was damaged is over there.
  • The employee whose computer was stolen received a new one today.

It is also possible to use the structure, whose + noun + person + verb:

  • The student whose book I found is Jane.
  • The people whose car I hit in the accident were very angry.
  • The teacher whose class we take has written several books.

In all of these examples, the noun that comes before whose is described by the adjective clause beginning with whose. Also, as with the other adjective clauses we studied this week, if you remove the adjective clause, the sentence makes grammatical sense:

  • The student whose book I found is Jane.

The clause [whose book I found] describes “the student.” If we remove the adjective clause, the sentence becomes:

  • The student is Jane.

Now, it’s your turn. How about trying your own original sentences using the comment box below!

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