Which of the sentence is correct grammatically below?

  1. I have bought a car which left door is broken.
  2. I have bought a car whose left door is broken.
  • 2
    Which one do you think is correct?
    – BillJ
    Aug 27, 2017 at 18:51
  • I think either sentence is correct but still I want to be sure.
    – Hussain
    Aug 27, 2017 at 18:57
  • 3
    The genitive pronoun "whose" is required, so only 2. is correct.
    – BillJ
    Aug 27, 2017 at 19:00
  • Or you might say: I have bought a car, the left door of which is broken. But this is a more formal construction and few people would use it in conversation. Aug 27, 2017 at 20:05

3 Answers 3


Only #2 is correct. "whose" can be used with objects and beings.

  • I found a book whose pages were made of skin.

However, it isn't the best way to say it and better rephrase the sentences.

  • I found a book with pages made of skin.
  • I found a book with its pages made of skin.

With your example:

  • I have bought a car with a broken left door.
  • I have bought a car with its left door broken.

I think the second sentence is more likely to be grammatically correct than the first one; because "whose" defines some sort of ownership, but “which” by itself doesn’t. “which” gives additional specification to determine exactly what you’re talking about. However, you can write it :

I have bought a car, the left door of which is broken.


There are varieties of English in which 1) is grammatical; but as far as I know, in all standard varieties only 2) is grammatical.

  • From what I know, option number one is incorrect English. May 24, 2018 at 10:55
  • I don't do "correct" and "incorrect". I have said only 2) is grammatical in standard varieties of English.
    – Colin Fine
    May 24, 2018 at 20:58

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