Which and Whose Questions

WH-Questions (Which & whose)

1. We can use which or whose as the subject of the verb in the questions in these ways:

a) Which / whose+ noun + main verb

Examples:

Which hair conditioner gives a glossy shine to the hair – Texton or Trendy?

Trendy gives a glossy shine to the hair.

Whose parrot speaks Mandarin?

Lee Meng’s parrot speaks Mandarin.

 

b) Which / whose + noun+ the verb ‘to be’ + base form of main verb + ‘ing’

Examples:

Which car is making that horrible sound – yours or Peter’s?

Peter’s car is making that horrible sound.

Whose dogs were barking all night?

Lim’s dogs were barking all night. 

 

c) Which / whose + noun+ the verb ‘to have’ + past participle form of main verb

Examples:  

Which football team has taken the lead in the tournament?

Liverpool has taken the lead in the tournament.

Whose Persian cat has won the “Feline Friends” contest this year?

Cheong’s Persian cat has won the “Feline Friends” contest this year.

 Remember

Which is used to ask the listener to identify or choose a specific item from a list that is known to both the listener and the speaker?

Take note of the difference between which, and what or who.

Example:

Who needs more help in Maths?

(The possible answers are not known to the speaker)

Which student needs more help in Maths? – Terry or Tom.

What plant helps to cleanse the body of toxins?

(The possible answers are not known to the speaker)

Which plant helps to cleanse the body of toxins – neem or aloe vera?

Whose is used to identify the person who owns something or the animal that has something.

 2. We can use which or whose as the object of the verb in a question in these ways:

a) Which / whose + noun + the verb ‘to do’ / modal + noun/pronoun + base form of main verb

 Examples:

Which building do they want to demolish?

They want to demolish the Star theatre.

Whose car can all of us fit into?

All of us can fit into Lim’s van.

 

b) Which / whose + noun + the verb ‘to be’ + noun/pronoun + base form of main verb + ‘ing’

Examples:

Which insurance company are you contacting tomorrow?

I am contacting Asia Life Insurance.

Whose portrait is Leong admiring?

He is admiring my grandmother’s portrait.

c) Which / whose + noun + the verb ‘to have’ + noun/pronoun + past participle form of main verb

Examples:

Whose muffin recipe has Mary followed?

She has followed Aunt Sally’s muffin recipe.

 

3. We use the past participle form of the passive voice with which or whose questions in this way:

Which / whose + noun + the verb ‘to be’ / the verb ‘to have’ / modal + past participle

Examples:

Whose speeches were commended by all the judges?

Jim and Andy speeches were commended by all the judges.

Whose landscape garden has been featured in several magazines?

Richard’s garden has been featured in several magazines.

Which animal can be taught sign language?

Chimpanzees can be taught sign language.

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