plu de plus de

Bonnie

Kwiziq community member

11 May 2017

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plu de plus de

do we have lessons explaining when to use plu de and plus de? Thanks Bonnie

This relates to:
Making comparisons with nouns: plus de... que, moins de... que, autant de... que -

Bonnie

Kwiziq community member

11 May 2017

11/05/17

sorry, I didn't word that very well. when to pronounce the s and when it is silent.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

12 May 2017

12/05/17

Bonjour Bonnie !

The general rule here is as such:
- Never pronounce the "s" when "plus" has a negative meaning (no more, no ... left):
"Je n'ai plu[s] de beurre." (I have no butter left)
but
- Pronounce it in positive context most of the time, though it can be omitted:
"Il y a de plus en plu[s] / de plus en pluS de pollution." (more and more)

The only cases you need to pronounce it is when the meaning could be either negative or positive, for clarity.
For example, when using "ne...plus", as a lot of people would drop the "ne" in speech:
"Je fume plu[s]." = Je ne fume plus. = I don't smoke any more.
"Je fume pluS." = I smoke more.

Here are links to our related lessons:
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/how-to-say-more-and-more-less-and-less-nouns-de-plus-en-plus-de-de-moins-en-moins-de-comparisons
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/making-comparisons-with-nouns-plus-de-que-moins-de-que-autant-de-que-comparative
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/n-avoir-plus-de-to-have-none-left

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Bonnie

Kwiziq community member

12 May 2017

12/05/17

Very helpful! Also, thank you for pin pointing the links that address this question.

Bon week end,

Bonnie

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