"This is not who she wants to talk to"

Ce n'est pas ____ elle veut parler.

In a related question, it was pointed out that we can say

J'ai oublié à qui elle veut parler.

In the case with the verb être, however, I don't think this would work. Do we have to use ce à qui?

  • Could you make explicit what you think could be correct solutions, i.e. the options you would consider ? I think that would help you learn/improve, and it also would make the question a bit easier to understand and answer. Nov 5, 2016 at 1:43
  • I was thinking ce à qui could be a correct solution.
    – user11550
    Nov 5, 2016 at 2:11
  • I you mean "*Ce n'est pas ce à qui elle veut parler.", then you were almost there ; only ce is for objects, and for people we use celui or celle depending on gender :) Nov 5, 2016 at 21:19

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I see two ways. Indeed, one uses celui/celle à qui, like you mention :

Ce n'est pas - la personne à qui - elle veut parler.
This is not - the person to whom - she wants to talk to.

and :

Ce n'est pas - à lui/elle - qu'elle - veut parler.
It is not - to this person - that she - wants to talk to.

Both mean approximately the same, with slight nuances.


In this case I would say the following even though it is not a very nice way to say it.

Ce n'est pas à elle qu' elle veut parler.

Which litterally means

It is not to her she wants to talk to.

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