1. I will reward whoever found the missing documents.
2. You may leave the package with whoever is sitting at the front desk.
Why is 'whoever' used in both sentences instead of 'whomever'?
We choose whoever.
In "I will love whomever I like", the word does indeed function as a direct object; the use of whomever is rare in BrE, however (as is the use of whom, except in formal writng and very formal speaking). Most of us would use whoever.
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