Should I Use “Any More” or “Anymore?”
A common mistake that I see while proofreading is that writers confuse any more
(two words) and anymore (one word).
The way I differentiate these two is to think of any more as meaning “any further amount,” and of anymore as meaning “any longer.” Here are some examples to illustrate this:
Correct: “I don’t want to be here anymore.”
Correct: “I don’t think I’ll have any more to eat.”
Incorrect: “I don’t have their phone number any more.”
Incorrect: “I don’t want to do this anymore than you do.”
Some sentences are particularly tricky because it could be grammatically correct to use either any more or anymore. Consider the following two sentences:
“I can’t eat any more.”
“I can’t eat anymore.”
They both make sense, but they do have slightly different meanings. The context determines whether the one-word or two-word version should be used. The following examples show when each is correct:
“No, I don’t think I’ll be having dessert. I can’t eat any more.”
“I’ve been really depressed lately. I’m having trouble sleeping. I can’t eat anymore.”
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