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    #1

    position of 'any more' in negative

    Hi,

    - The future will not any more be what it used to be.
    - The future will not be any more what it used to be.
    - The future will not be what it used to be any more.
    - The future will not be what it used to be, any more.

    I have difficulty putting 'any more' in a negative sentence. I think only sentence 1 works. What do you think?

    Thanks.

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    Re: position of 'any more' in negative

    Not a teacher.


    For me, in this sentence, the most natural choice would be to use "no longer".
    The future will no longer be what it used to be.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Nov-2014 at 23:45. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher' and deleting unnecessary quote.

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    #3

    Re: position of 'any more' in negative

    The trouble is you can't say the future won't be what it used to be. That's because the future doesn't exist (except in imagination).


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    #4

    Re: position of 'any more' in negative

    I think the sentence is meant to be humorous, or at least to make you think.
    "The future is certainly not what it was in my youth." That is factual, because many things have happened since then (they were in my future then, but are no longer in my future, since they've already happened and are now in the past.) But I don't think that's the meaning.

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    #5

    Re: position of 'any more' in negative

    Are we going back to the future?


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