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British English: /mɔː/
American English: /mɔr/
When used to modify an adjective or an adverb to form the comparative more is very often translated by plus: more expensive = plus cher/chère; more beautiful = plus beau/belle; more easily = plus facilement; more regularly = plus régulièrement. For examples and further uses see more 1 1below.When used as a quantifier to indicate a greater amount or quantity of something more is very often translated by plus de: more money/cars/people = plus d'argent/de voitures/de gens. For examples and further uses see more 2below.

Translation of more in French:

adverb

  • 1 (comparative) it's more serious than we thought/you think
    c'est plus grave que nous ne pensions/vous ne pensez
    the more intelligent (child) of the two
    (l'enfant) le plus intelligent des deux
    he's no more honest than his sister
    il n'est pas plus honnête que sa sœur
    the more developed countries
    les pays plus développés
  • 2 (to a greater extent) you must work/sleep/rest more
    il faut que tu travailles/dormes/te reposes davantage
    he sleeps/talks more than I do
    il dort/parle plus que moi
    you can't paint any more than I can, you can no more paint than I can
    tu ne sais pas plus peindre que moi
    the more you think of it, the harder it will seem
    plus tu y penseras, plus ça te paraîtra dur
    he is (all) the more determined/angry because
    il est d'autant plus déterminé/en colère que
  • 3 (longer) I don't work there any more
    je n'y travaille plus
    I couldn't continue any more
    je ne pouvais pas continuer plus longtemps
    she is no more
    [literary]
    elle n'est plus
  • 4 (again) once/twice more
    une fois/deux fois de plus, encore une fois/deux fois
    he's back once more
    il est de nouveau de retour
  • 5 (rather) more surprised than angry
    plus étonné que fâché
    he's more a mechanic than an engineer
    il est plus mécanicien qu'ingénieur
    it's more a question of organization than of money
    c'est plus une question d'organisation que d'argent

quantifier

  • more cars than people
    plus de voitures que de gens
    more eggs than milk
    plus d'œufs que de lait
    more cars than expected/before
    plus de voitures que prévu/qu'avant
    some more books
    encore quelques livres
    a little/lot more wine
    un peu/beaucoup plus de vin
    more bread
    encore un peu de pain
    there's no more bread
    il n'y a plus de pain
    have some more beer!
    reprenez de la bière
    have you any more questions/problems?
    avez-vous d'autres questions/problèmes?
    we've no more time
    nous n'avons plus le temps
    nothing more
    rien de plus
    something more
    autre chose, quelque chose d'autre

pronoun

  • 1 (larger amount or number) it costs more than the other one
    il/elle coûte plus cher que l'autre
    he eats more than you
    il mange plus que toi
    the children take up more of my time
    les enfants prennent une plus grande partie de mon temps
    many were disappointed, more were angry
    beaucoup de gens ont été déçus, un plus grand nombre étaient fâchés
    we'd like to see more of you
    nous voudrions te voir plus souvent
  • 2 (additional amount)
    (additional number) plus
    tell me more (about it)
    dis-m'en davantage
    I need more of them
    il m'en faut plus
    I need more of it
    il m'en faut davantage
    we found several/a few more (of them) in the house
    nous en avons trouvé plusieurs/quelques autres dans la maison
    I can't tell you any more
    je ne peux pas t'en dire plus
    have you heard any more from your sister?
    as-tu d'autres nouvelles de ta sœur?
    I have nothing more to say in Mexico, of which more later…
    au Mexique, dont nous reparlerons plus tard…
    let's ou we'll say no more about it
    n'en parlons plus

also: more and more determiner phrase, adverb phrase

  • more and more work/time
    de plus en plus de travail/de temps
    to work/sleep more and more
    travailler/dormir de plus en plus
    more and more regularly
    de plus en plus régulièrement

also: more or less adverb phrase

  • plus ou moins

also: more so adverb phrase

  • encore plus
    in York, and even more so in Oxford
    à York et encore plus à Oxford
    it is very interesting, made (even) more so because
    c'est très intéressant, d'autant plus que
    he is just as active as her, if not more so ou or even more so
    il est aussi actif qu'elle, si ce n'est plus
    (all) the more so because…
    d'autant plus que…
    they are all disappointed, none more so than Mr Lowe
    ils sont tous déçus, en particulier M. Lowe
    no more so than usual/the others
    pas plus que d'habitude/les autres

also: more than adverb phrase, preposition phrase

  • 1 (greater amount or number)
    plus de
    more than 20 people/£50
    plus de 20 personnes/50 livres sterling
    more than half
    plus de la moitié
    more than enough
    plus qu'assez
  • 2 (extremely) more than generous/happy
    plus que généreux/ravi
    the cheque more than covered the cost
    le chèque a amplement couvert les frais
    you more than fulfilled your obligations
    tu as fait plus que remplir tes obligations

Idioms

she's nothing more (nor less) than a thief she's a thief, neither more nor less

c'est une voleuse, ni plus ni moins

he's nothing ou no ou not much more than a servant

ce n'est qu'un serviteur

and what is more…

et qui plus est…

there's more where that came from

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