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  •  "whoever tips over the garbage" (1+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0

    "Relative pronouns" (who/whom) take their case ("who" = subjective;"whom" = objective) from what follows them (the "relative clause"), not from what precedes them.
    The entire relative clause (everything from the "whoever" on, in this case), not the "who" alone, is the object of the preposition "to."  The "who" is the subject of that relative clause, which is why it's "whoever," and not "whomever."
    Apologies -- it's an occupational hazard for a teacher.  Hard to turn it off even when you want to.

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