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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > any more / longer    

any more / longer



steph30
France

any more / longer
 
Hi!
Would you say:
he doesn´t have friends any more or any longer?
I have a doubt...

11 Dec 2008      



mena22
Portugal

Hi stefsim! According to Michael Swan, we use "no more", "not any more/anymore" with nouns  (There´s no more bread.) and we use"no longer" and "not any longer" as adverbs to express the idea of actions and situations stopping. Eg.: I no longer support the conservative party. So I think we would say She doesn´t have friends anymore, but I really don´t know....

12 Dec 2008     



aldanaVenadoTuerto
Argentina

great explanation mena...but i guess you can also say 

"she no longer has friends" since it is an adverb

right? I´m more than sure i´ve heard this before...;)

12 Dec 2008     



mena22
Portugal

Hi aldana! She no longer has friends should be also possible. So, you must be right! A nice evening 2U! :))

12 Dec 2008     



aldanaVenadoTuerto
Argentina

Hey mena and hey stefsim as well!!! Big smile

I guess we should wait for a native speaker to confirm our theories.

Nice evening 2 u 2 Tongue

CHEERS Thumbs Up

12 Dec 2008     



libertybelle
United States

Sometimes the ESL teachers are better at dissecting language with grammatical rules, than
we native speaker are.
But if you want to know what we native speakers from the US say,
I´d answer:

He doesn´t have any friends anymore.

L

12 Dec 2008     



mena22
Portugal

Thanks aldana, thanks libertybelle!! Smile

12 Dec 2008     



Zora
Canada

lol.. too funny.. cause I´d have have actually said, "He no longer has any friends"... though I know both are correct. I just like that one instead of the other... 

12 Dec 2008     



aldanaVenadoTuerto
Argentina

Hey Zora and Libertybelle!!!

I actually agree with Zora on this one, for me "He no longer has any friends" also sounds better. Pure gut feeling, though. I have no explanation to back it up with ;)


12 Dec 2008     



alien boy
Japan

Hi everyone!
 
just to let you know what an Australian English speaker would say:
 
´He doesn´t have friends any more.´
 
´A and B are no longer friends.´
 
´He no longer has any friends ´ is more formal than ´he doesn´t have friends any more´.
 
Cheers,
B-)

12 Dec 2008