Plus? ou moins? (bis)

Plus? ou moins?

plewss? oo MWAA? Click below to hear all the examples in this post.

Please read yesterday’s post for the first part of this discussion on the various meanings and pronunciations of plus.

So, a few sample sentences:

Il n’y a plus de café (There’s no more coffee; that is, there is no longer any coffee). Pronounce “plew”.

Plus de café! No more coffee! No s again. Even though the ne is absent, it is understood that this is a negative expression. If you want to say More coffee! say Encore du café!

Il y a plus de café que de thé (more coffee than tea). Pronouncing the s is optional.

Il n’y a pas plus de thé que de café means There is no more tea than coffee; that is, the quantities are equal. Pronouncing the s is optional.

Il n’y a plus que du café (The only thing left is coffee; there is no longer anything but coffee). Again, no s.

But: Plus le café! means And (plus) the coffee! someone is making up a grocery list, and you want to make sure the coffee isn’t forgotten. Pronounce “plewss luh kaa-FAY!”

And: trois plus cinq égale huit (3 + 5 = 8). In math, always pronounce the s.

Bottom line: In negative expressions, don’t pronounce the s. In math, always pronounce it. When plus means more of something, the s is often but not always pronounced. In that case, it’s your choice!

By the way, plus ou moins is a fixed expression meaning more or less, and is always pronounced “plew zoo mwaa”. But by turning the same words into a question, I’ve exercised the option to pronounce the s on plus, because now it is referring to quantity.

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