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Jan 8 2013   9:08PM GMT

Is it OK to use “anymore” other than in negative constructions? I’m not positive anymore.

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore


Which is correct?
I take pictures with my smartphone more often than my camera _________.
a. these days
b. anymore

Answer: a.


Although anymore is used synonymously with these days in some regional dialects, it still isn’t accepted by most people who don’t speak those dialects — like me, for example. I still recall the first time I heard anymore used that way, by the professor in a neuropsychology class. I was baffled initially and then decided it must be just an isolated error on her part.

But through the years I’ve heard a number of people use anymore in positive constructions and I’ve learned that it’s acceptable in speech in some regions. It always takes me aback, though, and seems like an error. So if you don’t want most of your readers thinking you’ve made a mistake, you probably should reserve anymore for negative constructions, like “I hope I don’t hear that word used in positive constructions anymore.”

Richard Nordquist explains positive anymore in more detail and provides lots of examples of its use.

See also: Anymore vs. any more

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  • MarRojo
    How about this? "I’m scared to play any more, Charlie Brown.".
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