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

    Source: https://fr.sputniknews.com/presse/201708101032592781-georgie-etats-unies-erreur/

    August 17, 2017

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    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prenom.Pierre

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

    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'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wenolyy

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

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