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もう少し大きな声で話してください (Please speak slightly louder.)

What もう means/stands for in this sentence?

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    Try looking up もう少し rather than just もう. Dec 30 '21 at 18:48
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    The third definition here: 3 現にある事物・状態などに、同じものを付け加える気持ちを表す語。さらに。いま。「もうちょっとで車にひかれるところだった」「もう片方の靴下が見つからない」
    – aguijonazo
    Dec 31 '21 at 1:14
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This もう is an adverb that means something along the lines of "more" or "additionally". In your case, you can think this もう corresponds to '-er':

  • 少し大きな声で
    in a bit loud voice
  • もう少し大きな声で
    in a bit louder voice

The latter can be used even when the listener is already trying to speak in a loud voice. You can remember もう少し and もうちょっと as set expressions that mean "a little more ~".

Another example:

  • 5分待つ
    to wait for five minutes
  • もう5分待つ
    to wait for another five minutes

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