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Do these sentences use 'anymore/any more' correctly?

  1. We won't be trying any more of those products.
  2. We won't be trying those products anymore.
  3. Spotlight's on him now, he won't be trying anymore funny business; for a while anyway.

Note: I made up Sentence 1 & 2. Sentence 3, which I don't feel certain about, was found on Google Books.

Thank you.

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Any more (two words) can be used as:

(A) an adverb about quantities or numbers - is there any more beer? Have you seen any more birds? Used like this, it means roughly the same as 'some more'.

(B) also an adverb, meaning 'no longer' or 'in the past but not now'. In this meaning, we use it in the end position - I don't drink tea any more, bus tickets are not cheap any more, I won't be seeing Mary any more.

'Anymore' (one word) is a mainly US English variation for meaning (B).

In your sentences, (1) is correct (meaning A), 2 is correct (meaning B) and (3) is incorrect (should be 'any more funny business' - meaning A).

Any more or anymore?

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  • Or, it could have been "Spotlight's on him now, he won't be trying funny business anymore; for a while anyway." Isn't it also a correct way? Dec 26 '19 at 8:29
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    Yes, you can rewrite the sentence that way. Dec 26 '19 at 8:35
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    @Mathew That sounds odd to me, though I can't explain why. I would say "he won't be trying any funny business anymore".
    – wjandrea
    Dec 26 '19 at 16:48

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