I had this in my last english exam and I had a to choose between 4 answers "this is the man (who-whose-who's-which) stolen my car" "who" is the only answer which makes sense to me although I think the whole question is grammerlicaly incorrect

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    – Jasper
    Mar 20, 2019 at 19:15
  • The answers that say "who's" is grammatically correct are right, but your unease is understandable — the phrasing of the statement is atypical, and you'd be more likely to hear "the man who stole my car." "The person who has stolen [something]" feels very stilted and formal, and replacing "who has" with its contraction only compounds the awkwardness.
    – Jesse
    Mar 20, 2019 at 19:26

2 Answers 2


"who's" is "who has" which would make the sentence grammatically correct.

  • but i heard that who's is same as "who is"
    – AmirWG
    Mar 20, 2019 at 18:41
  • +1. This is an answer, not a comment.
    – Jasper
    Mar 20, 2019 at 19:12
  • @AmirWG An 's is a contraction of both is and has (as well as the regular way to indicate a possessive), and which meaning is intended would be inferred from context. Similarly, 'd may represent either had or would.
    – choster
    Mar 20, 2019 at 21:16

It has to be who's = "who has".

"He stolen my car" is incorrect. "He stole" or "he has stolen".

  • so you are saying that the question was wrongly composed at first place?
    – AmirWG
    Mar 20, 2019 at 18:27
  • @AmirWG "Who's" is a contraction. It can stand for either "who is" or "who has". In this case "who has" makes this sentence grammatically right.
    – Lorel C.
    Mar 20, 2019 at 19:19

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