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'plus de' or 'plus des'?

MarianC1Kwiziq community member

'plus de' or 'plus des'?

I am questioning the use of "des" in this sentence:   

Je vous ressers plus des pommes de terres.  (Do I serve you more potatoes?) 

Shouldn't it be "de" ?

Asked 9 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

 Bonjour Marian,

You are right that ‘des’ should be ‘de’. When expressing ‘more + [sth]’, you use ‘plus de’ + plural noun (if countable) or + singular noun (if abstract / uncountable)

See link here: comparative

Il a plus de livraisons à faire = he got more deliveries to do
Il y a plus de livres = there are more books

Il a plus d’amour propre he has more self-respect

Il a plus de sucre dans son assiette = he has more sugar in his plate

However, the aim of the lesson is to use 'servir' and its derivatives accordingly. In this instance, you don’t need ‘plus’ as ressers’ already implies being given ‘more’, aka a second helping, as per the definition of resservir’ explained in the lesson:

resservir - to serve up again / to give a second helping
Therefore ‘des’ applies in this instance.

Do I serve you more potatoes? = Je vous ressers plus des pommes de terres ?

You could say something as below (although it is not part of this particular lesson):

Je vous sers davantage de pommes de terre ? Do I serve you more potatoes?

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I think so, too.

'plus de' or 'plus des'?

I am questioning the use of "des" in this sentence:   

Je vous ressers plus des pommes de terres.  (Do I serve you more potatoes?) 

Shouldn't it be "de" ?

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