The grammar structure for expressing too much is 太.....了according to my grammar book. And to express anymore...

Eg. I don't like you anymore. I don't live there anymore.

...You also use 了 at the end.

So how are you able to differentiate between whether 'too much' is being stated or 'not anymore' is being stated?

Example sentence: 所以,现在已经不太爱坐飞机了。 So, now I don't like taking planes anymore. If there was no 已经 how would I know that the person is saying 'not anymore' or 'I really don't like taking planes.'

I've seen that sometimes there is no 了 when expressing too much so when do I add it when do I not?

Does the 已经 clarify which one is being said since it's used for being expressed with 了 when saying 'not anymore' (though my grammar book says only to use 已经 for emphasis)? If so, do I have to add it every time to avoid confusion?

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    I don't believe that is the proper use for the 太。。。了 grammar structure (perhaps it is a use I am unaware of?) check this link Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 16:57
  • @小奥利奥 Ah, I looked about and found a bunch of other rules corresponding with the 太....了 structure, so now it makes more sense. It says the when you're negating 太 there is no 了 so 了 in the above case could only mean 'not anymore'. Thanks for providing me with the link, it helps.
    – QuarterOne
    Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 18:30
  • I also learned something because I didn't know '太' could be used in this way. I did a bit of research (here for reference) and it seams that '不太。。。’ should not be followed by '了' as a general rule. @Agrit somewhat touched on this because it adds redundancy but I dont think they made that expressly clear Commented Dec 9, 2019 at 21:42
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    Agree with @小奥利奥, the basic grammar structure is 太 + Adj. + 了, but your example is 不爱坐飞机了, means not like doing sth. And 不**太**爱坐飞机了 indicates not **that** like doing sth.
    – Shaw
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 1:58

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Continuing your example:
if we remove '已经'


still means 'not anymore' because of '现在'. The reason you say '现在' in this sentence must be to compare past and current, so '已经' is optional in this sentence.

Now if we also remove '现在'


Well, it still more or less means 'not anymore', because of the '了'. '了' here also somewhat implies 'after some incident', similar to '已经'. Ex:


So if you want to state 'I really don't like taking planes due to some reason.', then for example:


would probably translate to 'I always have claustrophobia, so I don't like taking planes.'



somewhat implies 'I recently got claustrophobia, so now I don't like taking planes.'

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