I know that if I want to say "I want him to give me a massage" in French, I have to instead say "I want that he gives me a massage":

Je veux qu'il donne à moi un massage.

But I'm having trouble translating a similar sentence:

It's him that I want to give me a massage.

My first attempt to start is "C'est lui que/qui"..

  • that is my first problem: I'm not sure if I should use "que" or "qui", because the "him" referring to guy who I want to give me a massage seems to be both a subject and an object:
    • It is him who I want, the relative pronoun "who" seems to be an object: "C'est lui que je veux"
    • "him to give me a massage", when changed to the French construction, becomes: "that he gives me a massage"; and this construction makes "him" a subject

Continuing my attempt, I would try to say:

"C'est lui que/qui je veux ... qu'il donne à moi un massage"??!

That is, "It's him that I want that he gives me a massage"?? In English, this sentence doesn't make sense. So, I'm stuck.


How do I translate "I want him to give me a massage" in French?

3 Answers 3


I'd say:

Je veux que ce soit lui qui me fasse un massage.

  • oh, I didn't think of changing the order like you do here: "I want that it's him who gives me a massage". Is there a French sentence that still starts with "It's him", as in the original sentence that I am asking about?
    – silph
    Jan 29, 2018 at 15:57
  • @silph “C’est lui que je veux comme masseur” could do. Jan 29, 2018 at 15:59
  • @Feelew lol, okay. It does sidestep the grammar construction used in the English, but it is good to know of your suggestion as a possible translation, anyways.
    – silph
    Jan 29, 2018 at 16:01
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    If you insist sticking to the English construction, you might say C'est lui que je veux pour me masser.
    – jlliagre
    Jan 29, 2018 at 16:15

Je souhaite que ce soit lui qui me masse


tout simplement: Je veux qu'il me fasse un massage.

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