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Is the following phrase grammatical?

I seem to recall three people, none of who's names I can remember.

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No. It is "whose".

"Who's" is the contracted form of "who is", which doesn't make sense in this context and is also ungrammatical..

"Whose" is the possessive form of "who". I'll take the chance and guess that was meant.

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    Please do not answer trivial General Reference questions without any research shown.
    – tchrist
    Jan 26, 2015 at 23:20
  • @tchrist give it a rest
    – Apollo
    Jan 27, 2015 at 0:02
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    However, note that this is only true in writing. In speech who's and whose are pronounced identically, and distinguished, if at all, only by syntax, like bear (v), bear (n), and bare. And -- surprise! nobody ever gets confused in speech. How come they get confused in writing? Because it's not a distinction we're used to making -- like apostrophe's it's inaudible -- and it requires an abstract (and incorrect) analysis of how language works in order to master. This is not a trivial General Reference question. Jan 27, 2015 at 0:04
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    @JohnLawler - I can hear the apostrophes...in the screams of my grade school English teacher.
    – Mitch
    Jan 27, 2015 at 0:36

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