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    #1

    Steve is no longer living/no longer lives with us.

    Sorry to have to let you know that Steve is no longer living with us and I am now a single mum.

    https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/no

    They're no longer going out together.

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    a. Steve is no longer living with us.
    b. Steve no longer lives with us.

    c. They're no longer going out together.
    d. They no longer go out together.

    What is the difference in meaning between (a) and (b), and (c) and (d)?

    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #2

    Re: Steve is no longer living/no longer lives with us.

    The progressive versions emphasize the ongoing nature of the fact that's merely stated in the simple ones.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Steve is no longer living/no longer lives with us.

    a) and b) mean the same thing to me.
    c) and d), however, don't.

    c) means "They're not dating any more".
    d) means "The two people in question no longer go on excursions away from home together". They could be friends who used to go to the cinema together. They could be a brother and sister who used to regularly go out to dinner.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Aug-2019 at 07:21. Reason: Fixed typo. Thanks, kadioguy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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