How to Pronounce *PLUS* in French Posted by Hichem on Mar 1, 2013 in Grammar, Vocabulary
New French learners often get confused about how to properly pronounce some words en français.
One such French word is *PLUS.*
Indeed, one can sometimes hear French speakers pronounce it as “PLUSS” (with the “s“), and other times as “PLU” (without the “s.”)
So, how to tell the difference?
L’astuce (the trick) is actually quite easy.
Make sure you remember it well:
- When you want to say “MORE“, then you must pronounce the “s.”
- When you want to say “NOT ANYMORE, NO LONGER, NO MORE“, you drop the “s.”
- Pronounce the “s” in: “Je souhaite lire plus de livres en français” (“I wish to read more books in French.”)
- Drop the “s” in: “Je ne veux plus fumer” (“I don’t want to smoke anymore.”)
Pretty easy, non?
Well, there are exceptional cases to remember about “PLUS” in the sense of “MORE“:
If “PLUS” comes right before an adverb or an adjective, then the “s” must be dropped:
- You don’t pronounce the “s” in “Je parle plus couramment le français qu’avant” (“I speak more fluently French than before”), since “couramment” is an adverb.
- You don’t pronounce the “s” in: “Il m’est plus facile d’apprendre le français que le grec” (“It’s easier for me to learn French than Greek“), because “facile” is an adjective.
Exception made if the said adverb or adjective starts with a vowel, then the “s” becomes a “Z“, in order to make the so-called “liaison“:
- “Je suis plus âgé que vous” (“I am older than you”), which is to be pronounced as “plu-Z-agee.“
I hope that after reading this post, vous n’aurez plus de problème (you won’t have a problem anymore) with the proper pronunciation of “PLUS.
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