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    #1

    no more

    Hi teachers!

    Lots of times I've heard sentences like:

    #1 He doesn't live here no more.
    #2 She doesn't like him no more etc.

    To my knowledge, anymore should be used. Is "no more" in negative sentences informal?

    I would appreciate AE speakers' help preferably.


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    Post Re: no more

    You are quite correct. I live in London, and this use of the double negative is quite common in working class conversation. It is also common in US urban speech. It would not be correct to call it slang, as it is generally accepted as the vernaculur. Other similar 'double negatives' which are the norm here might be 'I ain't got no money' or 'I never said nothing about it!'

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    #3

    Re: no more

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Hi teachers!

    Lots of times I've heard sentences like:

    #1 He doesn't live here no more.
    #2 She doesn't like him no more etc.

    To my knowledge, anymore should be used. Is "no more" in negative sentences informal?

    I would appreciate AE speakers' help preferably.
    You are correct about using "anymore" there. The other versions are colloquial at best and are viewed as substandard by many.

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