Using the adverbs any more and anymore correctly

By November 30, 2019Grammar

In the last two books I have read the adverb any more was used instead of the adverb anymore. Is this correct? Here are some examples of what I read:

I tell him I don’t want to talk any more.

She didn’t love Alexander any more.

Nobody was singing any more.

Nothing mattered, not any more.

She felt nothing for Hugh any more.

Any more and anymore have related meanings but they are not interchangeable.

Any more

We use any more as a determiner to mean an indefinite quantity of something. Any more is similar to ‘some more’ in some contexts. And any more is common in questions, in clauses with if, and in sentences with negative words such as hardly, never, and scarcely.

Examples:

Do you need any more advice?
Would you like any more wine with your meal?
If you find any more stains on the carpet, will you tell me, please?
We’ve hardly had any more rain than last month.
We were never any more than good friends.

Anymore

Anymore may be used as an adverb, meaning ‘no longer’ or ‘in the past but not now’, ‘still’, or ‘any longer’.

Examples:

The cost of our central heating is not cheap anymore.
We don’t go abroad anymore.
He used to be a good solid worker but not anymore.

Notice that as an adverb anymore comes at the end of a sentence.

Summary

Use any more when talking about quantity and use anymore when talking about time. And when using the adverb any more, ask yourself how important the word ‘any’ is. Is the word ‘any’ really necessary?

Useful websites

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/anymore-vs-any-more/

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/any-more-or-anymore

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