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Hi everybody! Candice here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I'll answer your most common French questions.
The question for this lesson is-- When do you pronounce the 's' in plus?
You might think you should never pronounce the s in plus unless it’s before a vowel. But French is an irregular language and plus has an exception. Whether you pronounce the s in plus, and whether you don’t, depends on what you mean.
So when do you pronounce the s? When you want to say there is more of something. So, for example. J’ai plus d’amis que toi. means “I have more friends than you.”
When don’t we pronounce the s? When we are using plus in a negative sense. So if we want to say “no longer,” we say ne plus. For example, Nous ne sommes plus amis. meaning “We are no longer friends.”
So when you have more of something, add an s. When you are missing something, lose the s.
This is helpful, because French speakers often drop ne in negative constructions. So if someone says, J’ai plus(pronounce s) d’animaux you will know they mean they have more animals. If they say j’ai plus d’animaux, you’ll know that they no longer have any animals.
Pretty neat, right?
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A bientôt, see you soon!