anymore

anymore
adverb Date: 14th century 1. any longer <
I was not moving anymore with my feet — Anaïs Nin
>
2. at the present time ; now <
hardly a day passes without rain anymore
>
Usage: Although both anymore and any more are found in written use, in the 20th century anymore is the more common styling. Anymore is regularly used in negative <
no one can be natural anymore — May Sarton
>
, interrogative <
do you read much anymore?
>
, and conditional <
if you do that anymore, I'll leave
>
contexts and in certain positive constructions <
the Washingtonian is too sophisticated to believe anymore in solutions — Russell Baker
>
. In many regions of the United States the use of anymore in sense 2 is quite common in positive constructions, especially in speech <
everybody's cool anymore — Bill White
>
<
every time we leave the house anymore, I play a game called “Stump the Housebreaker” — Erma Bombeck
>
. The positive use appears to have been of Midland origin, but it is now reported to be widespread in all speech areas of the United States except New England.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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