Monthly Archives: February 2009

Who’s vs. Whose

The rules of grammar can be challenging. One of the rules I often get confused is when to use who’s vs. whose in a sentence? Hopefully this post can help others who have the same problem.

Most people know that who’s is a contraction of “who is” and that whose is simply a pronoun. An example of how it is used we can use the sentence:
Who’s the man whose car is parked illegally?

Who’s is a contraction who and one of the verbs is or has. When who is combined with is, the apostrophe replaces the i, “who is” becomes who’s. In the same way when who is combined with has, the apostrophe replaces the h and the a, “who has” then becomes who’s. Some examples:
Who’s been sitting in my chair?
(Who has been. . . )
Who’s going to be able to attend the education seminar?
(Who is going to . . .)

Who’s is pronounced /HOOZ/.

Whose is the possessive form of who. Here are some examples:
Interrogative pronoun:
This is my blue shirt, whose is the green one?
Whose car is parked in my parking place?

Differentiating Who’s and Whose
I just recite the sentence back in my head and ask myself if it is more proper when I replace who’s with, who is?, who has?, or whose.
Because who’s and whose are both correct spellings, it’s a good idea to use the grammar check in your word processor and/or spell check.

Tuition Increases

Education systems have been hit hard by the recession. Over the past year or so we have seen a number of news articles on how smaller colleges and universities have been affected. These schools have lower enrollments, which means lower funding, which means the rise in tuition and the laying off of staff members. It appears many of the larger, more expensive, universities are suffering as well. In the news today, Dartmouth joins the numbers in announcing they will be raising tuition another 4.8%. This will increase the cost of attending Dartmouth to nearly $39,000.00 a year, and with room, board, and fees closer to $50,000.00 a year! In their announcement Dartmouth also explains cuts in budgets which will effect building projects, salary freezes, financial aid, and layoff about 60 employees.

First Lady Visits Dept. of Education

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Department of Education today. She gave about a 10 minute speech to about 350 of the staff members there, in which she told them “I am a product of your work.”
She spoke of the Presidents new stimulus plan which would pay to renovate thousands of schools, add funding for preschool for disadvantaged children and increase federal dollars for Pell Grants for college students. She also said this financial help would prevent teacher layoffs and help children in poverty and children with disabilities.
She also said, “The Department of Education is going to be at the forefront of many of the things that we have to do in this administration and we’re going to need that energy in these times of economic challenge.”
Hopefully our new President will be able to follow through and provide our education system with the help it needs.