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I was debating with someone on the internet and suddenly we came across this topic. I know the second sentence sounds odd and this is a bit silly to ask, but grammatically is it still acceptable somehow? And if yes do they have the same meaning?

Who do you think will be the next president?

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Who do you think the next president will be?

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I'd say they're both correct and both mean the same thing.

There's an argument that the second example should be "Whom do you think...", but if so it's not worth worrying about.

Consider:

Do you think she will be the next president?

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Do you think the next president will be her?

The second (rather clunky) example is written in the passive voice and uses the objective case pronoun.

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