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How to use the word "plus" in French. More / anymore / no longer...

I have noticed through my lessons that the use of the word "plus" in French is pretty tricky for foreigners learning French. I would like to try to explain briefly how to deal with this issue.


First of all, you have to know that there are two different words, both spelled "plus"

 

# 1 "plus" = "more" or "plus". In this form the final s is pronounced.
"J'en veux plus" = I want more" , " deux plus deux égal quatre" = "two plus two are four"

 

# 2 "plus" = "anymore", "no longer". In this form the final s is NOT pronounced.
"Je n'en veux plus" = "I don't want anymore", "Il ne m'apartient plus" = "it no longer belongs to me"

 

The tricky point is that we frequently say in coloquial language "J'en veux plus" (without pronoucing the final s). It actually means "I don't want anymore". Using correct grammar we should say in this case "je N'EN veux plus".

Jan 31, 2015 7:21 AM
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