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  1. Junior Member
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    #1

    any more <-> again?

    Dear teachers

    Is there a difference between....

    a) It won't happen any more.
    b) It won't happen again.

    ...in the following situation: You complain about the rude waiter in a hotel and the restaurant manager reacts by saying "I'm very sorry to hear that. I'll talk to the person you are referring to immediately. Let me assure you that..

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Buddy42; 08-Jul-2015 at 11:42.

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    #2

    Re: any more <-> again?

    There's no difference. I'd say b) would be more commonly heard.

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    #3

    Re: any more <-> again?

    I would go with B.

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    #4

    Re: any more <-> again?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy42 View Post
    a) It won't happen anymore.
    Note the correction.

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    #5

    Re: any more <-> again?

    'Any more' is just fine in BE.

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    #6

    Re: any more <-> again?

    I think b) is heard in BrE so much, because it is used as one of the basic ways of apologising to someone:

    "I'm sorry Mary / David / Mrs Anderson, it won't happen again."

    This is because it is so concise, as we want to get the apology over and done with as soon as possible!
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 09-Jul-2015 at 22:56.

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    #7

    Re: any more <-> again?

    That is true in AmE also.

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