Word Confusion: Any More versus Anymore

Posted April 21, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Anymore these days, if you’re reading any more British-authored books, you’ll probably run into this compound word confusion. But give it time, it seems anymore the British are coming over to our way of thinking, that anymore is right handy for indicating time as in nowadays, any longer, or still rather than using any more in all situations.

Don’t get me wrong, Americans still use any more to indicate more of something. So if you read any more British or Australian novels, it’s up to your interpretation as to whether it’s in addition or now, although if any more years pass, it’s likely to get easier. For us Yanks, anyway.

Using any more Can be re-interpreted with anymore:
We do not have any more work. We are not working anymore.
I can’t give you any more love than I already have. I don’t love you anymore.
I don’t need any more caffeine, so I don’t drink coffee anymore (Live Write Thrive).

Other any posts include “Any Way vs Anyway vs Anyways“, “Any One versus Anyone“, and “Any Time versus Anytime“.

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.

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Any More Anymore
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com

“Learner-Centered Principles” courtesy of Learning vs. Teaching

“I Don’t Want to Live on This Planet Anymore” courtesy of Pacific-Rim Wikia

Part of Grammar:
Adverb + Adjective = Adjective phrase
Determiner (Adverb + Noun (usually a negative))
Less commonly used in the 20th century, although it is common in questions, in clauses with if, and in sentences with negative words such as hardly, never, and scarcely

Something additional or further

Preferred U.K. spelling
Use when than follows

Adverb + Adjective:
Indicate quantity or degree

[Used in an end position in a sentence] No longer

[Used in an end position in a sentence] In the past but not now

Negative description + quantity

No more

Describes an indefinite quantity of something, similar to some more, which is more common in affirmative statements

Regularly used in negative, interrogative, and conditional contexts and certain positive constructions, it is the more commonly used form in the 20th century.

To any further extent
Any longer
No longer
At the present time, at this time
Adverb + Adjective:
I don’t like paying $3.50 for a cup of coffee any more than you do.

We don’t go to Cornwall on holiday any more.

The cost of electricity is not cheap any more.

Would you like any more tea?

I don’t want any more pie.

If you find any more books, please let us know.

She doesn’t want any more contact with him.

I don’t want any more.

Are there any more like him?

There are hardly any more people here than last month.

Hardly a day passes without rain anymore.

If you do that anymore, I’ll leave.

Do you read much anymore?

No one can be natural anymore.

The Washingtonian is too sophisticated to believe anymore in solutions. –Russell Baker

He doesn’t cycle anymore.

Everybody’s cool anymore –Bill White

Discover why I don’t worry about exams anymore.

History of the Word:
14th century

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!

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