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First of all, I ain't a native speaker.
And one of the most confusing sentences to me is

I ain't going to this place no more.

Ain't in this sentence basically means am not, so it translates to I am not going to this place no more.

What exactly does no more in this sentence mean? Does it have the same meaning as any more?

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Two points to make here:

  • Ain't is a dialectal variant and is considered nonstandard, especially in writing.
    Use am not instead in writing.
  • Using no more after a negative is also a dialectal variant, with the same written status.
    Written English and most spoken dialects use a Negative Polarity Item, like any more,
    instead of using another negative, like no more, a process that's called Negative Concord.
    Negative concord is very common in many languages, like Spanish -- No tengo nada translates as 'I have nothing' or 'I don't have anything', but literally means "I don't have nothing",
    since no and nada are both negatives. But English prefers NPIs, which are all idiomatic.
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    Thank you for explaining it so clearly :). I totally get ot now:) – Smrita Jun 22 '14 at 3:20
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The sentence means I am not going to go to that place anymore. Or I am going to go to that place no more. Or I will not go to that place anymore. Or I will no longer go to that place.

This place should be that place, since the verb is go, not come. The not...no more is more correctly expressed without the double negative, as not...anymore or ...no more.

And since you mean future, use going to go or will go, not going.

  • Go and come do not map exactly to this and that in English. There is nothing wrong with the phrase “I am not going to this place anymore” in the right context. If you’re standing in a bar, say, and have for some reason just decided you are never going to that bar again, you would be just as likely to use go as come, since the idiom is ‘go to a bar’. Similarly, the present continuous can be used for the future just fine: “I’m never doing that again” is perfectly idiomatic. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 18 '14 at 17:25
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Yes, of course. Both go and come are general, and so are that and this. Context helps. And you will be understood regardless of the combination you use, even when no idiom is involved. I nevertheless stand by my general suggestion here in this regard. – Drew Jun 18 '14 at 17:31
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I respect that you aren't completely familiar with the modern English language (and I hope I don't accidentally insult you). "I ain't going to this place no more" is considered by some as a double negative, or two 'not' words cancelling out each other. However, sentences already mentioned by Drew can substitute for this former (and maybe still in use??) type of grammar.

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