I was browsing silly answers to stupid questions on Quora (great way to waste time), when I came across this answer to "Who was the laziest person in history?"
|I know and love someone who would live like this.|
Because I had recently seen the opposite error on Facebook (but I can't find it now), I decided I needed to address it.
Here's the key:
Who's = who isThe apostrophe is a symbol that takes the place of missing letters. Just like isn't = is not or can't = can not. (Poor apostrophe; no one appreciates all the hard work it does.) If you aren't abbreviating "who is" then you probably want to use "whose."
Whose = belonging to whomIt's the possessive form and there should always be an object following it. I've highlighted the objects in these examples:
- Whose baby is that?
- She is the person whose butt I least admire.
- Did I tell you whose husband I saw at Diamonds 'R' Us?