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C'est si facile que c’en devient d’un ennui mortel.

= (?) "This is so easy that it’s getting deadly boring."

How does it compare with saying:

C'est si facile que ça devient d’un ennui mortel.

This is the first time I have seen the use of « c’en », and I’m not sure what to make of it. In what other instances would you use « c’en » like this?

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It's similar to the the en in this question. The pronoun indexes a prepositional phrase with de indicating the source of the feeling.

It's an extension of the core/initial meaning of de indicating the point origin of a movement in the direction of the speaker.

"Ça en devient [adjectif]" is something of a set expression (C'en is a more literary variant) meaning "It's starting to become [adjective] because of this". You could omit the pronoun without a change in meaning but leaving it in puts more focus on the source of the feeling of boredom as a problem.

  • Hi. So basically, does it equal to "ça devient d’un ennui mortel du fait que c'est si facile"? – Con-gras-tue-les-chiens Dec 3 '16 at 12:15
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    @LUNA That's a good way of thinking about it, yes. As an aside, "de par sa facilité" would be a more elegant rephrasing of the "du fait que" clause – Eau qui dort Dec 4 '16 at 22:33

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