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"Où en est le roman ?"

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Why was "en" used here? Is there a difference between "Où est le roman ?" et "Où en est le roman ?" ?

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Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Hi. Yes there is a big difference. If you say "Où est le roman ?" you're simply asking where is the novel in a geographic sense. One can answer you "Sur la table" or something like that.
    "Où en est le roman" is really different. In the article, that means "what today's novels look like".
    When you say "où en est" that can also mean that you want to know how something is progressing. For example, a friend of yours has told you that he was writing a book. You meet him a few weeks later, you can ask : "Où en est ton livre ?". That means : "How's your book coming along ?".

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