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Usage of "plus"

https://translate.google.com/#en/fr/more%20butter%0A%0Ano%20more%20butter

The Google translations for both "no more butter" and "more butter" are "plus de beurre".

I'm confused. How can a sentence and the exact opposite sentence have the same translation? How do I differentiate between the two?

March 13, 2018

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/relox84

The difference is in the pronounciation: plus is pronounced /plys/ (with the final s pronounced) when it means 'more' and /ply/ (with a silent s) when it means 'no more'.

Context and other elements in the sentence can aslo be hints: for instance when it means 'no more', plus is used together with ne:

Il y a pluS de beurre = There is more butter

Il n'y a plus de beurre = There is no more butter

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Relox, vous êtes un prince ! J'adore vos réponses - elles sont si claires !

March 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexDiaconescu

Usually when using Google translate you should provide a context. Just pieces of a phrase could bring you more surprises like this

March 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Alex545843

Yep. This is why Reverso Context (http://context.reverso.net/traduction/francais-anglais/) is generally better for looking up words because it not only provides a translation but multiple different contexts.

March 14, 2018
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