In this lesson, I explain in detail:
- “any more” as a determiner.
- “any more” as an adverb.
- The difference between “any more” (2 words) and “anymore” (1 word).
“any more” as a determiner
A determiner is a word before a noun phrase – but they are not adjectives.
There are different types of determiner:
Articles: a/an, the
Demonstratives: this, that, these, those
Numbers: one, two, three …
Possessives: my, your, his, her, its, our, their
Quantifiers: few, little, many, much, more, some, any, any more …
“any more” is therefore a type of quantifier.
A quantifier indicates:
- The quantity of something.
- How much or how many of something.
“any more” (as a determiner / quantifier) means:
“an indefinite quantity of something”
“even the smallest quantity of something”
“any more” (as a determiner / quantifier) is used in negative sentences and questions.
Please sit on the floor. I don’t have any more chairs. (negative)
Do you have any more chairs? (question)
“any more” is not usually used in affirmative (positive) sentences. We use “some more” in affirmative sentences.
Yes, I have any more chairs.
Yes, I have some more chairs.
Let’s look at more examples of “any more” as a determiner (quantifier).
“any more” as a determiner in questions
Do you want any more coffee?
Do you have any more money?
Does the shop have any more umbrellas?
“any more” as a determiner in negative sentences
We don’t have any more hats. We sold them all yesterday.
I don’t want any more coffee. I have already had 2 cups.
I can’t buy another drink. I don’t have any more money.
“any more” as an adverb
“any more” as an adverb gives us more information about a verb. “any more” as an adverb is used in negative sentences and it means:
something that happened in the past but not now in the present.
The position of “any more” as an adverb is at the end of the sentence.
I don’t play the guitar any more.
She is tired. She is not running any more.
Mark doesn’t drink alcohol any more.
Jane doesn’t smoke any more.
Example sentence with both uses of “any more”
Here is a sentence showing both uses of “any more”:
I don’t want any more water because I am not thirsty any more.
“any more” in blue is a determiner (quantifier)
“any more” underlined in blue is an adverb.
“any more” or “anymore” ?
Sometimes you will see the word “anymore”. (1 word)
So what is the difference between “any more” (2 words) and “anymore” (1 word)?
“anymore” is a very common spelling in American English. “anymore” is an alternative spelling of “any more” as an adverb.
“anymore” is not used as a determiner.
“anymore” is only used as an adverb and is more common in American English.
The pronunciation of “any more” and “anymore” is exactly the same.
Jane doesn’t smoke anymore. (American English)
Jane doesn’t smoke any more. (British English)