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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 9, 2018 7:23:02 PM
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anymore, any more

Is the first spelling the American way and the second the British version?

Thanks.
RuthP
Posted: Friday, November 9, 2018 8:42:49 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
anymore, any more

Is the first spelling the American way and the second the British version?

Thanks.

As far as I know, this is a difference in meaning rather than a BE/AE difference, although I'll admit it hadn't occur to me BE speakers might use them differently.

"Anymore" refers to time, an end of something:
We don't go scuba diving anymore.
Once November comes, the sun doesn't shine anymore.
Anymore, it's gauche to refer to women as chicks.

"Any more" refers to a quantity or amount:
Are there any more cookies left?
Do we have any more time to let the sign dry, or do we need to hang it up now?
If there are any more people who want to ask a question, please line up at a microphone.
Romany
Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2018 6:48:48 AM
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Nope. No difference in BE. Our usage is the same.
Audiendus
Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2018 7:53:38 AM
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Google Ngram Viewer shows that the spelling of "anymore" as one word is relatively recent - it has increased rapidly since the 1960s, in both AE and BE.

I'm old-fashioned - I always write "any more".
CamNewton
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 5:03:54 PM
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RuthP wrote:

Anymore, it's gauche to refer to women as chicks.


As an additional note for non-natives, the usage above is a unique dialectal feature, called "positive anymore", common in North America and Ireland but basically unheard of elsewhere. It's like "nowadays" but more flexible. "Nowadays" meets "these days" meets "lately..." meets (at a stretch) "currently".
Romany
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 6:32:26 AM
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Cam - once again: am glad you pointed that out.

I respect Ruth's opinions and knowledge completely but, reading that particular sentence I thought that, this time, she'd made a mistake!

Have never come across that usage before - even amongst my Irish friends and colleagues.

Good to know.
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