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 was taught that when you use "TO" "FOR" or "BY" you always use WHOM. For me that was a good lesson.
AnonymousGive the prize to whomever was chosen by the panel.
Give the prize to whoever was chosen by the panel.

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1. ...give this book to whoever needs it.

2. ...give this book to whomever you like.
3. ...give this book to who needs it.

4. ...give this book to whom you like.
#1 and #2 are correct. Are #3 and #4 also acceptable?
sitifanAre #3 and #4 also acceptable?

I believe you are correct. Generally, "he" equals who, and "him" equals whom - "To whom should I give the package?" "Give the package to him". But here, you would rephrase the sentence to read: "Give the package to he who comes to the door". The problem here is not the use of whoever v. whomever. It is the nature "comes to the door". It is part of a noun clause, as you state. For example, after your delivery was complete, if you were asked : "To whom did you give the package?" The answer "I gave it to him." makes no sense. However, the response "I gave it to he who came to the door." makes perfect sense.
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AnonymousHowever, the response "I gave it to he who came to the door." makes perfect sense.
No; that would be incorrect.