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    This will happen no more

    Is the sentence 'This will happen no more' OK as to the use of 'no more' instead of 'no longer'?

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    Re: This will happen no more

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    Re: This will happen no more

    I've often come across this 'no more' construction used as adverbial. But Michael Swan says in his PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE:

    We do not use no more in standard modern English as an adverb to express the
    idea of actions and situations stopping. Instead, we use no longer (usually
    before the verb), not ... any longer or not ... any more.

    Thus came my question. Thank you so much, Raymott, for letting me know how the phrase is used in actual English.

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    Re: This will happen no more

    Besides your grammar book, you can also refer to trusted dictionaries like this one http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...more?q=no+more

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    Re: This will happen no more

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
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    Thank you so much, Raymott, for letting me know how the phrase is used in actual English.
    That's 'actual English in a certain part of the world'

    For British English, I'd stick with Swan. 'This will happen no more' sounds very high-flown - almost as if you're suggesting an ironical subtext along the lines of 'He said this would happen no more [but going by his record I'll believe that when I see it]. 'This won't happen again' is much more likely in everyday contexts.

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    Re: This will happen no more

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thank you so much, Raymott, for letting me know how the phrase is used in actual English.
    The fact that something is possible does not mean it is used much. I would agree with BobK that it is not used in much standard BrE - I cannot speak for other variants. It might be used for rhetorical effect in a formal speech, but you won't hear it used in ordinary conversation.

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    Re: This will happen no more

    It's pretty common here. I didn't know that it wasn't popular elsewhere.
    It's used in AmE: "I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more" (Bob Dylan) - OK maybe the beginning of the sentence invalidates the end!

    It's usually said as "not any more", which to me means the same as "not any longer."
    A: "Does Mary work here?"
    B: "Not any more. She was sacked."

    I'll agree that "Mary works here no more" is not common, but nor is "Mary works here no longer".

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