Look "who's" birthday it is / "whose" birthday it is

Discussion in 'English Only' started by liviabergonzi, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. liviabergonzi Member


    I'd like to wish someone happy birthday. Should I say:

    (i) Look whose birthday it is; or

    (ii) Look who's birthday it is

    Thanks !
  2. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    The first one is the correct one.
  3. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    "Who's" is a contraction of "who is" or "who has". "Whose" is the possessive form of "who".
  4. liviabergonzi Member

    Thanks a lot.
  5. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    I agree with those answers.
    I do think the "who's" version is quite common and follows the same "logic" as "it's" - meaning belonging to who or it, that some people extend from other 's possessives, in a form of regularization. Nevertheless, even if it might be
    logical (not a common description of English) both "who's" and "it's" as possessives are "incorrect" today!
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010

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