So, is it "whoever" because it is the subject of the predicate "wills", or is it "whomever" because it is the object of the preposition "to"?

  • The object of the preposition is not the word that follows to. It is the entire clause.
    – tchrist
    Apr 2 '15 at 21:35

Make whoever/whomever agree with the verb. Would you say "who wills", or "whom wills"? It's no different than "she wills" versus "her wills". Clearly we want a subject "who" and not an object "whom" here: who wills. So: to whoever wills...

There are few cases in which "whomever" is correct, but I disagree with those who would dump it altogether.

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    Agreed. I will utter that word to whomever I choose. In general, across various languages, the case of the relative pronoun is determined by its syntactic role within the relative clause. Apr 2 '15 at 23:19

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