When to pronounce the s in plus in French: 1

  1. Pronounce the s when plus conveys a positive meaning, such as more and in addition.
  2. Do not pronounce the s when plus is followed by an adjective or an adverb, usually when you are comparing 2 elements. Or when used in negation.
  3. There are exceptions to the rule.

Here are some examples of when to pronounce the s in plus in French:

  • Pronounce the s:

    • when plus means more:
      • Je veux plus de chocolat s’il vous plaît. (I want more chocolate please)
      • J’ai plus d’argent que toi. (I have more money than you)
      • Il y a plus de gens ici qu’hier. (There are more people here than yesterday)
    • as a noun:
      • Le plus de cette ville, c’est la nourriture. (The best thing about this city is the food)
      • Ce stage est un plus pour ta carrière. (That course is a plus for your career)
  • Do not pronounce the s:

    • in comparative form or superlative form (le plus) if the adjective it precedes starts with a consonant:
      • Je suis plus grand que toi. (I am taller than you)
      • C’était le plus intéressant. (That was the most interesting)
    • used in the negation ne…plus:
      • Je n’aime plus les films d’horreur. (I don’t like horror movies anymore)
      • Je ne veux plus de café. (I don’t want coffee anymore)
      • Je n’ai plus d’argent. (I don’t have any more money)
      • Je ne veux plus de café. (I don’t want coffee anymore)
      • Je ne suis plus aussi rapide qu’avant. (I’m not as fast as I used to be)
  • Exceptions

    • when a liaison is necessary, pronouced [z]:
      • C’était plus intéressant que je ne pensais. (It was more interesting than I thought.)
    • when it’s the last word in a phrase, s is pronounced:
      • J’aime ça plus. (I like that more)
    • plus que, s is pronounced:
      • Elle étudie plus que moi. (She studies more than I do)