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Aug 18 2009   1:20PM GMT

Anymore or any more?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
The music industry is in flux because so many people don’t buy music on CDs ________.
a. any more
b. anymore

Answer: a. and/or b., depending on where you are

Explanation: Life is full of surprises and here’s another one for me: Anymore is considered correct in the US. In Canada or the UK, it’s traditionally not been considered proper use, although that’s changing.

In the US, anymore means any longer and any more refers to quantity.

This one sneaked up on me, somehow. I suspect that I’ve never written anymore as one word in my life and managed to be mostly oblivious to its use in the media, probably assuming it was a typo when I saw it.

As Margaret Rouse pointed out, anymore can be useful to make a distinction in meaning.

It still looks wrong to me… but I expect I’ll adapt.

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