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pronoun & possessive determiner
1Belonging to or associated with which person.[as determiner] ‘whose round is it?’[as pronoun] ‘a car was parked at the curb and Juliet wondered whose it was’
2[as determiner] Of whom or which (used to indicate that the following noun belongs to or is associated with the person or thing mentioned in the previous clause)‘he's a man whose opinion I respect’‘a willow tree whose branches reached right to the ground’
On the differences in use between whose and who's, see who's
Old English hwæs, genitive of hwā who and hwæt what.
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