Use of What As But and Whose in English Grammar Pdf

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What is the correct use of What as but and whose in English grammar?

Correct Use of “What”, “As”, “But”,” Whose” in Grammar

Correct Use of What

What” is used for things only, both in the Nominative and the objective Case.


  • What cannot be cured, must be endured. (Nominative Case)
  • What he proposed, was agreed to by all.  (Nominative Case)
  • I shall listen to what you have to say. (Objective Case)
  • Tell me frankly what you want.
  • Do not turn a deaf ear to what I am going to say.

Correct Use of AS

If ‘as’ is used as a Relative Pronoun it must be preceded by ‘such‘. Or It is used for persons or things in the nominative or objective case.


  • He is such a man as I hate.
  • I had never seen before such a horrible scene as this.
  • She tells such stories as are hardly credible.
  • You will get from me as much co-operation you please.
  • I want to have as many books on this subject as are available.
  • I cannot stoop to the same level as you can.
  • My problems are the same as yours.
  • She likes to talk in the same way as her mother does.


Correct Use of BUT

‘But’ is used as a relative pronoun in the sense of ‘who not’ ‘which not’ etc. For example:

  • There is no rose but has a thorn.
  • There was none but wept.
  • There is no creature but meaningful.

Correct Use of “Whose

Whose’ is used for person.


  • The man whose pocket was picked was a police officer.
  • I met a girl whose name was not known to me.
  • The dog whose tail is very short is mine.
  • The bicycle whose color is red has no lock.

Related Lesson: Use of That in English 

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