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    Default no longer

    Dear teacher

    "I no longer feel confident"
    I want to know what function of no longer is

    Thanks

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    colloquium is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: no longer

    No longer = not any more.

    It indicates that something happened or was in a certain state in the past, but has now changed and cannot be described in the same, past, way.

    It carries a meaning similar to used to, which describes something (an action or state) that doesn't happen any more (which has ceased) or is no longer true (I used to play football: action; I used to be fat: state).

    Your original sentence can be paraphrased as:

    I used to be confident, but I am not (confident) any more.

    or

    I was confident, but I am no longer (confident).

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