Anymore vs. Any More

  • Any more refers to quantities.
  • Anymore is an adverb that refers to time.

Is anymore one word or two? It depends on how you’re using it. We’re here to set the record straight.

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When spelled as two words, any more refers to quantities.

Are there any more cookies?
You already ate seven; you don’t need any more!

When spelled as one word, anymore is an adverb that refers to time. It means “at present,” “still,” or “any longer.”

Why doesn’t Mom bake cookies anymore?
She doesn’t bake cookies anymore because you always eat them all and don’t leave any for her!

In certain dialects, some speakers use anymore as a synonym of nowadays.

Cookies are almost impossible to come by around here anymore.

However, this usage is not considered acceptable in formal writing. In fact, it’s a fairly rare usage, so you may want to remove it from your writing altogether unless you’re writing for a very specific audience.

The problem with anymore is the same problem many writers have with words like “anyway”, “anytime”, and “sometime”—each of them can be written as one or two words. Just remember: If you’re talking about a quantity of something, use any more. If you’re talking about time, use anymore.

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  • Mjhmjh

    The rule given here is, however, American usage. In British English, ‘any more’ is used to mean ‘any longer’. (Reference: ‘The Chambers Dictionary’ 2014 edition.)

  • TeachESL

    Interesting; I just learned something new; and as an ESL teacher this is important!

  • WittoStevie

    Beginning ANY sentence with “So” is excruciatingly annoying.

  • SimonSays

    Mjhmjh is right, the info given in the article is incorrect. We can use ‘any more’ in British English in reference to time. In American English it is written as one word ‘anymore’.

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