Anymore vs Any More | Definition, Difference & Examples

Commonly Confused Words updated on  December 6, 2023 2 min read
Anymore and any more are homonyms (i.e., they are pronounced the same but have different meanings).

  • Anymore (no space) means “any longer” or “to no further extent.” It is an adverb.
  • Any more (with space) is used to refer to quantities. It is a determiner.
However, this distinction is only typical for US English. In UK English, anymore is usually considered wrong in all contexts, and any more is used as both an adverb and determiner.

Examples: Anymore in a sentence

Examples: Any more in a sentence

Duncan doesn’t smoke anymore, and he’s never felt healthier.

Do you have any more questions before we finish this job interview?

Unfortunately, I don’t have time for that hobby anymore.

I can’t take any more criticism right now; I’m having a bad day.

Josephine used to love him, but she doesn’t anymore.

You can’t have any more candy before dinner!

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Use anymore to indicate time

Anymore is an adverb that refers to time. It’s used to indicate that a past action no longer takes place. You typically place it at the end of one of three types of clauses or sentences:

  • If-clauses
  • Questions
  • Negative statements
Examples: Anymore in a sentence
I understand if you don’t want to come over anymore.
Why are you not dating her anymore?
Nowadays, no one uses a landline anymore.

Exceptional uses of anymore

There are a few US dialects that use anymore in positive statements as a synonym for “nowadays” (e.g., “I am a stay-at-home dad anymore”). However, it’s considered informal and is best avoided in academic writing or professional communication.

Use any more to indicate quantity

Any more is a determiner used to refer to quantities. Like “anymore,” it’s often used in one of three types of clauses or sentences:

  • If-clauses
  • Questions
  • Negative statements
Examples: Any more in a sentence (determiner)
If you want any more help, just ask me.
Do you need any more paper for your exam?
I can’t eat any more ice cream!

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Frequently asked questions about anymore vs any more

Is it not anymore or not any more?

Not anymore and not any more are both correct, but the variant you have to use depends on the context. You can follow these rules of thumb to pick between anymore and any more:

  • If you’re referring to time, you use “anymore.”
  • If you’re referring to a quantity, you use “any more” (but there is typically a verb between “not” and “any more”).

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Is it I can’t love you anymore or any more?

Both “I can’t love you anymore” and “I can’t love you any more” are correct, but they mean two different things.

  • “I can’t love you anymore” means “I can no longer love you.”
  • “I can’t love you any more” means “my love for you cannot get any stronger.”

When you have to pick between anymore and any more, you need to determine whether you want to indicate time (anymore) or a quantity (any more).

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Julia Merkus

Julia has master's degrees in Linguistics and Language and speech pathology. Her expertise lies in grammar, language and speech disorders, foreign language learning, and child language acquisition.

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