The pronunciation of plus

Jennifer

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 relates to:
Ne ... plus = No more, no longer (negation) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

9 October 2017

9/10/17

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:
https://frenchmoments.eu/pronunciation-of-french-adverb-plus-when-to-sound-the-s/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvc6KpW7jfw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv7nTsxUy30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaA8pcL8LeQ
https://www.thoughtco.com/learn-french-expressions-with-plus-4084866
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

Chris

Kwiziq community member

17 October 2017

17/10/17

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).

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

18 October 2017

18/10/17

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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