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I'm pretty new to the French language and just saw the following line in the song "alors on danse" by Stromae;

"alors tu t'bouches plus les oreilles"

I know that "se boucher les oreilles" means to plug up/cover one's ears, but the sentence mean "So you stop covering your ears". How exactly does "plus" made it negative?

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The grammatically correct sentence is :

alors tu ne te bouches plus les oreilles

ne is often omitted in the spoken language when using the negation form.

ne plus literally means not anymore / stop.

  • Oh right, he does that in the beggining also. So I just need to get used to "ne" being omitted. – noam b Dec 1 '15 at 11:32
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    and note that in some occasion, you need the context to understand the meaning of it, especially when written but sometimes also even when speaking, if the "s" is silent. Example: "J'en veux plus" could mean "I don't want anymore of it" (silent "s") or "I want more of this" (pronounced "s") – Laurent S. Dec 1 '15 at 12:09
  • That's so much easier now thanks! I just thought it was one thing to omit "ne" if you still have its other end like "pas" or "rien", but with "plus" it could literally mean the opposite. Thanks for the note. – noam b Dec 1 '15 at 20:46
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My 2 cents :

    J'en veux = I want of it
    J'en veux plus = I want more of it (s pronounced)
    Je n'en veux pas = I don't want of it
    Je n'en veux plus = I don't want anymore of it (s non pronounced)

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