"a company which name is..." or "there is a company whose name is..."?

which one is correct?

I know I need to use 'whose' when the preceding noun is living thing. For example, there is a boy whose job is a teacher.

  • Is there a reason you must use this construction? It'd be much more common to say "a company with the name ...." or "a company named". This construction seems a bit wordy. Also, your second example would make more sense as "there is a boy whose job is teaching" or, even better, "there is a boy who is a teacher".
    – Catija
    Sep 1, 2017 at 5:13
  • You can use whose with non-living thigs too. Sep 1, 2017 at 5:26
  • One usual, but clunky, work-around is, "a company, the name of which is..." Hardly poetic, but correct, unlike, "a company which name is..." Sep 1, 2017 at 5:40
  • Hmm... Maybe a company is a living thing? But I think it has more to do with anything you name, rather than whether it is living or not.
    – user3169
    Sep 1, 2017 at 5:50
  • I assume the OP didn't mean that only living things use 'whose', but rather that living things use 'whose' and the question here is whether inanimates use 'whose' or something else.
    – rjpond
    Sep 1, 2017 at 6:44

1 Answer 1


The following are correct:

  • A company whose name is ...
  • A company, of which the name is ...
  • A company, the name of which is ...

...although in many cases the following might sound more natural:

  • A company named ...
  • A company called ...
  • A company by the name of ...

The following are wrong:

  • A company which name ...
  • A company which the name ...

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