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    of which I didn't think highly

    He mentioned the names of a few people of whom I didn't think highly.
    He mentioned the names of a few people whom I didn't think highly of.

    Are both underlined parts interchangeable?

    Which one is natural?

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    Re: of which I didn't think highly

    Both are interchangeable. The second example ends with the preposition "of". This is what's called a "stranded preposition", and it used to be thought of as being completely wrong. These days, however, most people view it as being perfectly acceptable.
    So far as which sentence is more "natural", I would say that neither is particularly natural. If I were writing this - and, particularly if I was speaking it - I would split it into two sentences, as "He mentioned the names of a few people. I didn't think highly of any of them".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: of which I didn't think highly

    I'd say

    'He mentioned the names of a few people I didn't think highly of'.

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