Is there a difference between the two following sentences?:
I'm not available at that time anymore.
I'm not available at that time any longer?
Thanks Banderas.Could I have the opinion of a native speaker, please?THanks
I don't really understand the "process and non process" theory, could someone else help me please?
There are two very brief and clear definitions of the “confusing” words.
process = a series of actions, changes, or functions bringing about a result: the process of digestion; the process of obtaining a driver's license.
non-process = when the process stumbles or halts, state, condition, situation, status.
Attention: I'm not a teacher.
There is again my two cents contribution concerning the matter in question.
There is no doubt about the fact that in practice, exclusion occurs every day. I made a brief exploration concerning the usage of the adverbs “anymore” and “any longer” which led me nowhere. I didn’t obtain a definite result. I think we have to make a difference between anymore and any more. On the analogy of the naomimalan's statement, I am sceptical about Banderas' rule. Presumably there is such rule, but not very many follow it.
There are further examples which should to put the present theme in a favorable light.
What's more, as you start reading, he's not a character any longer, he's real. (state)
So don't put it off any longer. (action)
None of his lyrics are a mystery any longer. (event)
Pain she had been done with, which she should not have to feel any longer. (action)
I can't wait for spring any longer.
In standard American English the word anymore is often found in negative sentences: They don't live here anymore. But anymore is widely used in regional American English in positive sentences with the meaning “nowadays”: “We use a gas stove anymore” (Oklahoma informant in DARE). Its use, which appears to be spreading, is centered in the South Midland and Midwestern states, as well as in the Western states that received settlers from those areas. The earliest recorded examples are from Northern Ireland, where the positive use of anymore still occurs.
anymore = a) any longer; at the present
b) From now on: We promised not to quarrel anymore.
any longer (adv.) at the present or from now on; usually used with a negative
any longer (idiom)
1.With added length, as in
If this skirt were any longer it would sweep the floor.
2. Still, any more, as in
They don't make this model any longer. This negative form is often put as no longer.
not anymore = not any longer:
Nick doesn't live here anymore. (action)
She told me not to phone her anymore. (action)
no longer/not any longer used when something used to happen or be true in the past but does not happen or is not true now:
The extra workers won't be needed any longer.
It's no longer a secret.
anymore = still: at present and continuing from a point in the past ( used in negative statements and questions )
They sure don't make them like this anymore!
from now on: from the present and ongoing ( used in negative statements and questions )
I'm not tolerating this anymore. (action)
nowadays: these days ( nonstandard or regional ) ( used in positive sentences )
We always use a taxi anymore.
anymore or any more?
Anymore is an adverb: She doesn't live here anymore.Don't you eat out anymore?
The two-word form any more refers to any unspecified additional amount, as in Is there any more pasta left? The two should not be confused.
If you don't like pizza "anymore" (any longer), then you probably don't want to eat "any more" (an additional amount) of it.
Do you read much anymore? (action)
If you do that anymore, I'll leave. (action)
The Washingtonian is too sophisticated to believe anymorein solutions. (action)
Any longer; a. at the present: Do they make this model anymore? b. From now on: We promised not to quarrel anymore.
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