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Possessives: questions

Level: beginner

We use whose to ask questions about possession:

Pattern A   Pattern B
Whose coat is this? or Whose is this coat?
Whose book is that? or Whose is that book?
Whose pens are those? or Whose are those pens?
Whose bags are those? or Whose are those bags?


Be careful!

Be careful not to confuse whose and who's (= who is). They are pronounced in the same way but spelled differently:

Whose coat is this?
Who's (= Who is) Stefan?

Possessives: questions 1


Possessives: questions 2




Hi jcakre,

Please see our this, that, these and those page for an explanation of these words.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


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Dear Sir/Madam,
I would like to know about the question pattern that I normally used..
"whose this book?" is this incorrect??

Hello Dulanjalir,

Your question is missing a verb:

Whose is this book?

 I hope that answers your question.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.I want to learn English.

Can you help me what is different between A pattern  Vs B Pattern because I have no understand ,

Hi Ghosh,

There is no difference in meaning.  The two patterns are alternative ways of asking the same thing and you can use whichever you choose.  The only diffference is the order of the words.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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