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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




could you please explain the usage of "ain't"?
Thank you

Hello Krishna,

ain't is a contraction for am/are/is not and has/have not, but only in non-standard English. Although it is an important form to understand, I would highly recommend that you avoid this form in your speaking and writing. This is simply because it can signal many different meanings that are difficult for students to predict; as a teacher, I always tell my students that it's best for them to avoid using such non-standard forms.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

im new here, i wanted to improve my grammar, what more can i do to improve?
Hope to get some advice.
yours regard

same with me, im newbie here, so lets study together, I wish we can be better ^_^

Hi JaneJuan92,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! I'd suggest two things. First, I think you'd benefit from exploring LearnEnglish a bit, as there is a lot of content here, and most of it will help you with grammar, even if it's not explicitly on the topic of grammar.

Second, I'd suggest you identify a few specific points of grammar so that you can focus your efforts. Even though it is all connected, grammar is a huge area and I think you'll find it's much easier to take it piece by piece.

Once you've identified what you'd like to focus on, please read about it on the site, and whenever you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask us!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody

very good, you can improve your grammar, Thank you British council.

Hello everyone,

Very good for me

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I like to read and be able to practice free English online. However, I can't practice doing and checking the exercises! There is any other way to be able to write the answers?