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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?
If you have any more questions, please leave a comment below!
A bientôt, see you soon!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What French learning question do you have?

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Wednesday at 03:13 PM
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Bonjour Ali,


Merci pour votre commentaire !

It's rare, because S is usually silent at the end of a word but sometimes it needs to be pronounced.

The s in "plus" is only pronounced when you mean "more": il fait plus chaud (it's getting hotter)

If you say "il fait plus chaud" without saying the "s" it means: it is not hot anymore.


Hope I'm clear, if not let me know!

Marie Alice

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ALI, SHABBIR
Wednesday at 09:22 PM
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Bonjour, j'ai une question: pourquoi on prononce 's' quand on dit 'Pas plus' = no more ?

ALI, SHABBIR
Wednesday at 07:37 PM
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I think what Ana observed is right about pronouncing the 's' in the negative sentence. In my opinion that happened because there was a vowel after, the 'a' of amis: 'plus amis'. Therefore irrespective of the fact that 'plus' meant 'no more' the 's' was still pronounced to make a liasion.

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Wednesday at 01:51 AM
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Bonjour Ana


We don't read "s" in negative sentences.

Thank you for your comment!


Bonne journée !

Marie Alice

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Ana
Monday at 01:58 AM
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You say that in negative sentences we don't read "s" but I can clearly hear you pronounce it in "I no longer have firends" - so what gives? :)