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"Ask him [who or whom] you have the potential to become"? [duplicate]

Which is correct?: Ask him who you have the potential to become Ask him whom you have the potential to become I'm confused over this because "Ask him who you are" and "You are whom?&...
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Whomever from the show "The Office"

So there is an infamous comedy sketch with "whomever" vs "whoever" in the show "the Office". The correct answer there is that you cannot tell which is the correct answer ...
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Possessive case with who(m)ever in an object noun phrase

Disclaimer The question put forward as the pretext for mine's closure does not answer my question at all—that question contains “who(m)ever” in a clause acting as an object, which I have no trouble ...
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“to whomever asks” vs “to whoever asks”

I am currently doing this IB English Literature question, but I am kind of stuck with this answer. Which section of the following passage needs to be edited for incorrect spelling, incorrect grammar, ...
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"Give this work to whoever looks idle." or "Give this work to whomever looks idle." [duplicate]

I was under the impression that any object, compound or not, following a preposition such as "to" must take the objective case; therefore, "Give this work to whomever looks idle." ...
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Direct and indirect objects with "whoever" and "whomever" [duplicate]

I have encountered the following sentence in the wild and it strikes me as incorrect. Is my logic sound? Thanks to whomever left this. First, I reconstructed the sentence with whomever as the direct ...
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Whomever vs Whoever (possessive)

Which of these is grammatically correct?? “Whomever’s application is denied will wish to re-register next year.” “Whoever’s application is denied will wish to re-register next year.” The first half of ...
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"Whomever" as both object and subject

I put together a document with my findings in order to help whomever keeps working on this. I understand that "whomever" should be used as an object, whereas "whoever" as a ...
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Use of Whoever and Whomever [duplicate]

We are debating the use of Whoever vs Whomever in this sentence "Thanks to whoever fixed this". What is the correct form? - Thanks to whoever fixed this - Thanks to whomever fixed this! Any ...
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When he first entered the classroom no one knew who/whom/whoever/whomever he was? [closed]

I am unable to understand which one is the correct?
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Whoever vs. whomever where the phrase seems to serve as both indirect object of main clause and subject of subordinate clause [duplicate]

"Would you give my extra points to whoever needs them the most?" Should whoever be whomever? My "opponent" in this discussion is using grammatical terms that I find unique.
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When whoever vs. whomever fails the he/him test [duplicate]

The following example fails the he/him test for whoever/whomever: Please give the key to whoever needs to open that cabinet. Give the key to him or he? Give the key to him. However, when asking ...
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Is this how one should use 'who', 'whoever', 'whom' and 'whomever'?

I know that 'whom' can be the object of a preposition, but since 'whom' is an object pronoun, and since only transitive verbs can receive an object(s) --- if this is wrong I'd appreciate it if you'd ...
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Whoever or Whomever in this sentence [duplicate]

Should this question begin with Whoever or Whomever: W--- we trust the most is really our master. Clearly the clause "W-- we trust the most" is in the subjective (nominative) position in the ...
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Whoever vs whomever in "you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be" [duplicate]

I think I noticed a mistake in Ready Player One: In the OASIS, you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be, without ever revealing your true identity, because your anonymity was ...
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What case is the word preceding a possessive "'s"?

In the sentence "I gave Jane's dog to her." what is the case of the word Jane? The only example where I can see that a case might exist would be in the example of "whoever's" vs. "whomever's" where "...
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whoever or whomever HELP! [duplicate]

Please help: whoever or whomever? And this is the sentence, it cannot be changed! I think whomever is correct—because isn't the answer to the he/him test him? As in Who are we free to pretend to be?...
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The use of "whoever" or "whomever" in complex sentence

Should the following say whoever or whomever. And why? Each of us is free to pretend to be whoever/whomever we wish to be. This sentence needs an object, right?
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Which is right: "It's me/I they want!" & "Who/Whom is it you asked?"?

The questions I have are in the title. Which is right, subject or object pronoun? It's seems the first, "It's me/I they want!," is a reworking of "Subject + Verb + Object" to "Object + Subject + Verb"...
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"To whom it may concern" or "To whomever it may concern"? [duplicate]

Which is the best usage? "To whom it may concern" or "To whomever it may concern"?
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"10 points to whomever knows the answer" or whoever? [duplicate]

Should it be "10 points to whomever knows the answer" or "10 points to whoever knows the answer"?
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'Whoever' or 'whomever' in a more complex sentence [duplicate]

I understand the difference between 'who' and 'whom', but in the following sentences I'm not sure whether to use 'whoever' or 'whomever': 'Give wh-ever did that a pay rise.' 'Tell wh-ever is teaching ...
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To whoever wills ... Vs. To whomever wills [duplicate]

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"?
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Who vs. whom in complex sentences

I know that who is used when asking about a subject (Who is at the door?) and whom is used when asking about an object (By whom was the door opened?). How do you determine which one to use when the ...
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How to determine whether to use "with whomever" or "with whoever" [duplicate]

In these sentences, should I use whoever or whomever? I'm going to the park with whomever/whoever. I'm going to the park with whomever/whoever I want. Thanks!
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Can a phrase be the object of a clause and how would its subject change? [duplicate]

Take the sentence: I speak all over to whoever will listen. ...at first blush, I thought, "Ah — whoever should be whomever." However, I then noted that in the phrase "whoever will listen", ...
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"Put me in touch with whomever created it"? [duplicate]

He created it. Put me in touch with him. So which is correct and why: Put me in touch with whomever created it. Put me in touch with whoever created it.
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To whoever it may concern

I received a letter of confirmation for funding from an English native speaker. She started the letter with: To whoever it may concern, I am not a native speaker, but that sounds quite odd to me ...
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"Whom"/"Who" in subordinate clauses [duplicate]

I've come across the following sentence in a book: “I wanted to learn everything I could about it from whomever in the country might have specialized knowledge of it.” I know that the whomever is ...
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Pronoun Case in Noun Phrases used as Direct Objects [duplicate]

When I have a noun phrase that contains a pronoun as a subject (of the phrase), but the noun phrase is being used as the direct object of another verb, is the pronoun in the nominative case or the ...
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May I please help who(m)ever is next [duplicate]

I am bringing up a rather pedantic point here, but, one that has me completely stumped. This is going to require some serious grammar knowledge. I was in a line at a shop today and the teenager at ...
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Whoever or whomever: 'happy for ___ has the pleasure of working with you next.'

So sad to lose you, yet happy for whomever has the pleasure of working with you next.
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"Whomever runs it's" or "whomever runs its"?

I know that "its" is the possessive form of "it", but does this rule apply to the possessive form of phrases ending in "it"? Should I say, "the program runs on whomever runs its computer" or "the ...
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"Whoever" Vs. "Whomever"

On the subject of "whoever" and "whomever", I was reading this but I am still confused: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/whoever.asp What is the correct use of whoever/whomever in the following ...
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Is this use of whomever correct?

I take pride in my ability to deliver a warm and friendly welcome to whomever I meet. My reasoning is that I am doing the meeting and the object is merely being met, hence whomever.
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Should I use 'whoever' or 'whomever': "I will kill ___ despises me." ?

I know this sentence is a little awkward. Bear with me. "I will kill whomever I despise." -- This one feels correct. However... "I will kill whoever despises me." -- Is this right? Would this one ...
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"Exchange emails with whomever you want to put me in contact [with]"

I realize the "never end a sentence with a preposition" rule is controversial these days, but let's assume for the sake of argument that it should be followed. What is the proper construction of a ...
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Subject vs. Object marking for whoever?

I know similar questions have been asked before, but I'm having trouble reconciling the following sentence, received in an email: Can we ask whomever is your contact there to email us a job so we ...
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