Ah, one of my favorite French verbs. Here is the lesson that covers «manquer à»: Manquer (à) = To miss someone/something emotionally
Here is the lesson on using «plaire». I am sure there are other verbs in French that use the structure reversal but these are the two that I am most familiar with.
Basically, one states in French that «someone is missing to me» Quelqu'un me manque. when translated --> I miss (or lack) SOMEONE.
Please read over the referenced lesson above and if that does not provide clarification, here's another link that might help:https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/manquer-lesson/
I hope you find this useful. Bonne chance.
What would be the most helpful would be an exercise with 10-20 questions where I was asked to select between Qu'est-ce que and Qu-est-ce qui. That is really the question - will I be able to select the right one in the right situation.
Are there any focused exercises like this anywhere in Kwiziq? I heard there were but I haven't managed to find them.
While I know the grammar explanation to your question, the simplest way that I have found to remember the difference is this:
qu'est-ce que is usually followed by a noun subject
qu'est-ce qui is usually followed by a verb
While I understand this is an over-simplification, the structure in a phrase almost always is like this.
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