Any longer, Any more and No longer

Any longer, any more and no longer are expressions used to indicate that a situation has changed, i.e. something that used to happen or happened in the past and does not happen in the present.

  • Sue used to play chess but she doesn’t play it any longer.

Any longer and any more have the same meaning and are used at the end of the sentences:

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  • Billy is not the best student any longer / any more.

No longer appears in the middle of the sentence:

  • Jimmy no longer works for Mr. Brown.

Let’s practice these expressions adding still and not … any longer/not… any more

  • I used to write a composition and a poem every week. 
  • I still write a composition every week but I don’t write poems any more / any longer.

Let’s practice

  1. I used to eat fish and drink wine every Saturday.
  2. The children were feeling tired and hungry.

Now, using the same sentences above, let’s use no longer instead of not…any longer/not any more.

E.g. I no longer write a poem every week.

Now, over to you.

Feel free to use the comments below to do the exercise.

Now, you won’t make mistakes with these expressions any more!
Now, you will no longer make mistakes with these expressions!

Source: Translated and adapted from extract of the book ‘Make or do? Etc., etc… Resolvendo dificuldades’ by Eliana Valdes Lopes and Solange Marques Rollo, 1989.

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Erica De Monaco Lowry

Erica De Monaco Lowry has been living in Ireland since 2008. She is a teacher, an interpreter, a translator, a tour guide and an insatiable learner. Her favorite pastimes include reading, travelling, socialising and catching up with her family.

18 comentários

  • 20/12/12  
    Nicole diz: 1

    I still eat fish every Saturday but I no longer drink wine. …or
    I still eat fish every Saturday but I don’t drink wine any more.

    The children still were feeling tired but they weren’t hungry any more. …or
    The children still were feeling tired but they no longer were hungry.

    If I want to use “no longer” in this sentence: Billy is not the best student any longer / any more. It would be like this:
    – Billy is no longer the best student.
    Am I right?

    • 20/12/12  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      Hi Nicole. I would just point out some things here:
      Insert the ‘still’ and ‘no longer’ after the verb to be: The children were still feeling tired but they weren’t hungry any more. /The children were still feeling tired but they were no longer hungry. And, yes, because of the position of no longer in the middle of the sentence and after the verb to be (which is more common) your sentence is correct: Billy is no longer the best student. You could also say: Billy is not the best student any more / any longer. :-)

  • 20/12/12  
    Dionatan diz: 2

    I used to play drum, but today I no longer play drum.

    I still work with TI, but I don’t repair hardware any more.

    see you!

    P.S Good explanation about that subject.

    • 20/12/12  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      Hi Dionatan. Great to know that you enjoyed the explanation. For your first sentence the best option is: ‘I no longer play drumS’ or ‘I used to but I don’t play drums any more / any longer’.
      By the way, why have you stopped playing drums?? :-)

  • 20/12/12  
    Oto diz: 3

    I used to play soccer when I was younger, but I don’t do it any more/ any longer. I’m too old for that.
    I used to play soccer when I was younger, but I no longer do it.
    Erica is still feeling tired, but she’s not feeling hungry any more/ any longer. She raided the fridge minutes ago.
    Erica is still feeling hungry, but she is no longer feeling tired.

    • 21/12/12  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      I don’t know if this Erica is me, but I’m still hungry… Since 2008 when I arrived in Ireland. lol
      When I visit my mum next time I will be no longer desperate for Brazilian food.

  • 21/12/12  
    Erica Lowry diz: 4

    Otto, don’t stop playing soccer because of your age!

    • 21/12/12  
      Oto diz:

      Point taken, Erica.

  • 29/12/12  
    Nathália diz: 5

    Any more or Anymore?? Or both correct??

    • 01/01/13  
      Gabriela diz:

      I also do not understand!

    • 02/01/13  
      Oto diz:

      Interesting point, Nathália. I don’t want to sound a meddler here, Erica, but maybe we can clarify which one is correct (ANY MORE or ANYMORE) at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anymore

    • 03/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      Sorry guys for being late here. Some grammars will point out that ‘any more’ should only be used in comparisons: ‘I don’t like Jim any more than I like Tom.’ The same grammars say that ‘anymore’ should be used when it has the same meaning that ‘any longer’: ‘Tom is no longer playing football for his city club. ‘ But the ‘Practical English Usage’ (Oxford), one of my favourites, says that both any more and anymore can mean ‘any longer’. ‘Anymore’ is more used in American English. Hope it helps.

  • 01/01/13  
    Gabriela diz: 6

    I found it very interesting but I did not for serving!!

  • 02/01/13  
    José Amarildo diz: 7

    I fill eat fish but not drink wine every Saturday any more.
    The children were feeling tired but not hungry any more.

    Eu acertei?

    • 02/01/13  
      José Amarildo diz:

      correcting someting that I know are wrong ;)

      The children were fill tired but he is not hungry any more.

      I fink to be it.

    • 03/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      Hi Jose. The correct is: The children were feeling tired, but they were not hungry any more. I believe you meant: ‘I still eat fish but I don’t drink wine every Saturday any more.’ :-)

  • 05/01/13  
    Arthur diz: 8

    thans for this explanation.

    I have doubt, can I use these for something, i am sure that will change in the future? eg: “Sue is smart student, but she will not anymore, because she is wasting her time dating.” thanks

  • 10/01/13  
    Erica Lowry diz: 9

    Hi, Arthur. Yes, you can use them all in the future tense. There’ s an example at the end of my text above. For your sentence the best alternative could be: ‘Sue is a very good student, but she will no longer be one if she insists on wasting her time dating’. I don’t think people stop being smart, but a student can become a bad one if they decide not to do well any more. Just ask Sue not to kiss and hug that much and keep up the good work at school! :-)