Et qu'en est-il

What is the role of "en" in "Et qu'en est-il des médias occidentaux?"?


August 17, 2017


C'est une expression plutôt fréquente : "What about?"

August 17, 2017

Yes, 'qu'en est-il' = 'what about'.

Of course, it is hard to explain the exact meaning of 'en' in that expression. It can mean 'about it', like in some other expressions.

'Et qu'en est-il des médias occidentaux ?' literally means: 'And what is it of the Western media about it? Hence: 'What about the Western media?'

In this case, we could also translate 'en' into 'concerning this matter'.

August 17, 2017

I think "en" refers to the general subject of the article.

August 17, 2017
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