Trickier Than One Would Think: How to Pronounce Plus

Here is an interesting article about how to pronounce plus.

May 20, 2019


Here are a few examples:

S when you pronounce the s

s when you don't

1.1 Un pluS un égal deux(one plus one equals two). PluS ou moins(more or less).

1.2 C'est un grand pluS d'avoir deux voitures(Having two cars is a big advantage).

1.3 Il est pluS apte que toi pour ce poste(He is more able than you for this job).

2.1 Je n'aime plus le lait(I don't like milk anymore).

2.2 Il est plus fort que toi(He is stronger than you).

As Le_Cid mentionned, /z/ for case 1.3 because in French when a word finishes by an /s/ and the next word starts by a vowel or an "h" ** the /s/ changes to a light /z/.

**Depending on the aspiration of the "h" in the word: Des héros doesn't work because there is a stop in pronounciation before the "h", so des-héros and not des-z-héros. But you can say des-z-hommes-z-heureux for "Des hommes heureux".

May 22, 2019

Precision concerning the first rule for those who won't bother to click the link: it is pronounced /s/ in cases 1.1. and 1.2. but /z/ in case 1.3.

May 21, 2019

Je n’aime pluS la grammaire française

May 21, 2019

Maybe you'll grow to like it, by practicing French grammar here: ELFE.

It would take a little over two years to finish all the skills by doing one skill per day. I think it can raise your level above the highest level attainable on Duo, A2.2.

May 22, 2019

01LearnFrench 01 the ELFE is a fantastic resource, thanks. I'm adding it to my daily practice routine. It's easy to ignore tiny bits of grammar and hope it improves through exposure to the language; it doesn't. I love the focus of the exercises.

May 22, 2019

Sue.Kelly, I'm glad you like it. I try to do a lot of French listening practice too: news, youtube French documentaries, and librivox books. Right now I'm listening and reading La Belle et la Bête from Librivox, notice the text of the story on the left under links.

May 23, 2019

Thanks for the audiobook link. I often listen to current french novels on audible and read the text in kindle so I can annotate as I go. They aren’t free but I find the combination works well for me. I am currently reading Petit Pays by Gaël Faye.

In keeping with the thread...

Je préfère les trucs plus currants pour lire et parler.

May 23, 2019

Merci, mais il y a beaucoup de exercices quand je suivrais le lien que vous m’avez donné. Je serais trop âgé de parler si j’essai une exercice par jour.

May 22, 2019

I wish there would be some examples of sentences. The one I know is the song Je ne t'aime plus by Manu Chao

May 22, 2019

I commented examples to this discussion.

May 22, 2019

à plus tard

the "plus" in this instance is pronounced like the beginning of "pluto"

May 22, 2019
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