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Is the following phrase (grammatically) correct?

Bill Gates, whose company is very rich, is famous.

(I couldn't come up with a better context-free sample)

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In this example, and some similar usages, it can be restructured as Bill Gates is famous because his company is very rich. That's not what I'm asking for. –  SLaks Jan 21 '11 at 18:42
I'm sorry, @SLaks, but I would try to desist from creating tags such as whose in the future. Already, several pertinent ones exist: adjectives, pronouns, usage, grammar, etc. –  Jimi Oke Jan 21 '11 at 22:06
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The repetition of "is" is a bit ugly but not ungrammatical.

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So it's the correct version of whose? –  SLaks Jan 21 '11 at 19:27
@SLaks: Yes. 'Whose' refers to the owner of the object. 'Who's' is a contraction of 'who is'. –  oosterwal Jan 21 '11 at 19:41
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