I thought that you use "qui" if it's directly before a verb, e.g. ce qui fait peur and "que" the rest of the time, e.g. ce que je veux. So why is it ce qui lui manque.
Freeform Writing Exercise C1
The grammatical rule is: qui for subject and que for COD. The rule you mention works most of the time as a simplification of the underlying grammar. The sentence you quote is an example of where the simple rule fails.
...ce qui lui manque. In this relative clause ce qui is the subject and lui the indirect object.
Thank you - that explains it
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