Most people agree that "also" and "plus" mean the same thing.

But I think "plus" is more adequate when we're talking about a "positive addition." And "also" is used in a more general sense.


We need discuss the issue. Also, we need to address the other problem.

(I think using "plus" here wouldn't make much sense.)

Don't worry, you are beautiful. Plus, you're smart.

(I think "also" wouldn't sound as "positive" as "plus.")

Am I right? Or maybe "also" and "plus" mean exactly the same without subtly differences?

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    Who are 'most people'? Have you looked the words up in a dictionary? Mine gives them different definitions. I would use "and" in both contexts. Feb 5, 2021 at 11:48

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The words 'plus' and 'also' are not exactly interchangeable - by that I mean you cannot just swap them out in many contexts. For example, you could say "I'm a teacher, but I'm also a cab driver". You'd have to re-write the sentence considerably to use 'plus'.

If you look in Cambridge, you'll see one definition of 'plus' is "and also". The 'and' is significant. We say "and also" when something is additional, and it is this context where we can switch "and also" with 'plus'. For example, some people may count adults and children separately for specific purposes, and you might hear "there are 4 adults, plus 1 child". You could instead say "there are 4 adults and also 1 child".

I'm sure that in everyday speech there are some examples where 'also' and 'plus' are used in an interchangeable way. Very often someone will finish a sentence, but then begin a new sentence as an afterthought with either "plus..." or "also...". This is rather like beginning a sentence with "and", which some insist is wrong, but is common in extemporaneous speech and therefore often reflected in writing too.

I agree that other uses of 'plus' have "positive" connotations (eg "it's a real plus") but in the contexts where it means "and also", it doesn't really indicate anything positive, it's just a conjunction. It certainly isn't negative, but it introduces something that is probably an afterthought, or secondary to the main point you already made.

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