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Any more.../ any longer
1) In order to express time and duration (when they're in the past):
* Not any longer or No longer are used to refer to past actions or finished states, belonging to the past.
Not any longer and No longer both express a duration, or a time.
- He keeps disobeying his parents and they can't stand it any longer.
* No longer is more formal. It is placed between the subject and the main verb, after the modal auxiliary, the first auxiliary, or after « be », when it's the main verb.
- She no longer wears black, but grey and white, now.
- He's no longer in charge, I am! (Here, "I" is stressed.)
When it is placed at the beginning of the sentence, no longer is followed by the subject-verb inversion. Then, it becomes even more formal and mainly used in written reports.
- No longer does she dream of becoming famous, she's happy since she has now found true love...
2) In order to express a quantity:
· Not any more (and No more), are determiners, and are placed before a noun.
- I won't answer any more questions. I'm done. (= I've had enough!)
· Not any more is also an adverb; it then modifies a verb.
- If I were you, I wouldn't work anymore... It's late and you can't finish this work tonight.
Here too, no more would be more formal:
- Work no more ... You've already done enough!
3) Any more ....or Anymore ?
In British English , the adverb any more is generally written in two words, but it's often written in a single one in American English.
When « any more » is a determiner, it cannot be written in a single word.
- Sorry, I don't want to buy any more books. I have enough!
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