Pronunciation of French adverb “Plus”: when to sound the S?


The pronunciation of “plus” can be a bit tricky: do we apply an s sound as in “pluss” or not like in “plu“? And what about the liaison when the final consonant (here s) connects with a following word starting with a vowel or a silent h? All depend on context and meaning.

A student in our French Moments centre asked us this question last week and we thought it might be interesting to create a chart with the rule of when to sound the s to the French word “plus“. A good rule to remember (although quite simplistic) is to pronounce the s when plus conveys a positive meaning, such as more and in addition. When it is used as a negative adverb (“no…more“), the s is mute [plu]. But things are not as simple and there are a few exceptions found here below:

Prononciation Plus © French Moments


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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