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I am adding the previous sentence to an official document and am quite confused as to how this sentence shall be structured as something about it does not sound good right now.

I google'd the use of 'whose' for inanimatable objects and got weird answers so could not decide if I could say ...on Discord, whose invite shall be sent... and, I also could not decide if it would make sense to say an invite to which shall be sent or an invitation to which shall be sent.

There are three aspects of this question and I still am quite confused, what is the best way to convey the message?

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    The use of "invite" as a noun meaning "invitation" is common but informal.
    – Hot Licks
    May 30 '20 at 15:55
  • Will be sent, not shall. May 30 '20 at 16:47
  • On something that can be described as an "official document" you want to use the word invitation, not invite; it doesn't falute high enough. Also, unless you're trying to confuse people, don't use shall instead of will, and definitely don't use both of them in the same sentence; it makes people wonder what the difference is. And you don't want to use whose invitation; that's not how possessive relatives work. May 30 '20 at 18:21

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) labels the noun form of invite as colloquial (used in or characteristic of conversation, especially familiar and informal conversation) . So, I think an invitation to it would be more appropriate

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