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I was baffled while using this sentence:

I went into some blog site whose sole purpose. . . .

My question is about whose. Is it correct to use it there?

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marked as duplicate by tchrist, Andrew Leach, Peter Shor , MετάEd, Kit Z. Fox Mar 12 '13 at 14:28

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There are at least five duplicates found when putting the original question title in the "Ask Question" page. – Andrew Leach Mar 12 '13 at 11:03
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If you check with a dictionary you would realize:


of, belonging to, made by, or done by whom or which ⇒ whose book is lost? a song whose popularity endures

Note: When whose is used as a pronoun (used without a following noun) , it can only mean "that or those belonging to whom": Whose is this? (It is definitely asking whom this is belonging to) However, when it is used as a possessive adjective, it has the definition "of whom or which".

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The temptation is to assume that whose has to have exactly the same referents as who can have - ie persons. The man who built the shed. The man whose shed this is. // The dog that lives in this kennel. The dog whose kennel this is. // The house that this man owns. The house whose owner is just walking towards us. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 12 '13 at 9:23
I read somewhere whose relates to alive objects – user1386579 Mar 12 '13 at 9:24
I read somewhere the moon is made of green cheese. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 12 '13 at 9:28
@user1386579 Regarding of that I've updated my answer. – nyan nyan nyan Mar 12 '13 at 9:32
thanks for ur support people – user1386579 Mar 12 '13 at 10:02

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