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I came across this sentence in a text I was issued for a seminar: "Give the package to (whoever, whomever) comes to the door." The correct response was listed as "whomever."
The rationale for this was: substitute "he" or "him," as in "give the package to him." Therefore, in this sentence, "whomever" is correct.

I called a local community college that has a grammar hotline, and their response was that "whomever" was correct because it was the object of the proposition "to." I then asked the hotline person what function "comes to the door" served in this sentence, and she responded that it modified whomever!

Please, someone back me up here. "Whoever comes to the door" is a noun clause that is the object of the preposition "to," actually functioning as an indirect object in this sentence. Within the clause, the subject is "whoever." By virtue of the fact that it is the subject, it has to be in the nominative case - whoever, rather than whomever.
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I think it depends on the importance of the package and whether it was stated with a dismissive tone.

e.g., if the statement in question were proceeded by: "Whomever receives the package is insignificant.", would you maintain your objection?
No, Anon, that's not how it works. Tone of voice has no effect the grammatical choice of whoever vs. whomever.

Truly, the correct choice is "whoever" regardless of the tone or what was in the package. Please read through this incredibly long string of posts and see that whoever=the person who.
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Understand, we English speakers take liberties with grammar when speaking informally. An educated English speaker will use correct grammar in either a written situation or a formal spoken situation. Using phrases such as "it is I" in an informal spoken conversation will either make you sound stuffy or foreign.
Anonymous"it is I" in an informal spoken conversation will either make you sound stuffy or foreign.
It should be "it is he" but do people really speak like that? It sounds terrible!
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wow thanks that was very helpful!!
This was discussed on an episode of "The Office" a couple nights back and I was curious to see what the difference was. After reading all of that I still don't have a clue. Emotion: smile

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Exactly!...LOL! That's perfect...
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This last post from CJ was the clearest explanation, and it makes the most sense. Not to mention it described what I already thought was the correct answer!

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