The pronunciation of plus


Kwiziq community member

7 October 2017

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The pronunciation of plus

Apart from when liaison occursas mentioned in this lesson, when is the s pronounced in plus. Confused.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Ne ... plus = No more, no longer (negation)"


Kwiziq community member

9 October 2017


Bonjour Jennifer, While Aurélie does an excellent job in providing the pronunciation rule, I have located a couple of other sites that, perhaps, can give you some added insight: I, too, have difficulty in remembering exactly when to pronounce the «-s». I hope you find these helpful. J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait. Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisé par le monde français depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet


Kwiziq community member

17 October 2017


The grammatical answer is: when "plus" is used as a pronoun meaning "more" you pronounce the final s. When it means "less" or when it is used as part of a negation you don't pronounce the s (unless it is followed by a vowel). Plus de messages (with silent s) = no more messages Plus de messages (with s pronounced) = more messages In this case you can't devine the meaning unless you know the context or you hear it spoken. -- Chris (not a native speaker).


Kwiziq community member

18 October 2017


Thank you both for that. I will be checking out the sites you quoted Ron and Chris your answer reminds me why I find it so difficult to remember when to pronounce and when not.

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