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When should I use “farther” as opposed to “further”?
I went farther down the road than I expected.
I went further down the road than I expected.
These two words are commonly used interchangeably, but there is a difference between them.
"Farther" refers to physical or geographic distance.
Example: The apartment I want is farther from my office.
"Further" is more abstract. It refers to time or degree or quantity. It's another way of saying "additional."
I have to look further into the question of moving farther from my office. There was no further discussion.
September 28, 2005, 10:23am
Use farther when you're talking about physical distances.
Farther down the road.They're further along in their plans than I expected.
September 28, 2005, 10:24am
Additionally, forgetting grammar rules:
You can also ask the question 'How far is it?'
Sentence to use: The apartment I want is farther from my office.
Use farther or further????????
The question: The apartment is how far from my office?
Use FARther for the word FAR as it refers to physical distance. You wouldn't say "The apartment is how FUR from my office?
September 28, 2005, 3:15pm
And I always thought that 'farther' is American English while 'further' is the British equivalent.
September 28, 2005, 5:10pm
I will always use "further". Maybe it's because I'm a purist, and Australian, but I do not use "farther" in any context.See, if I say "It is further away", "futher" is correct because it is being used in the time context, even though distance is inferred...
October 12, 2005, 5:55am
In most (not all) cases, further can be used in place of farther, but there are more cases where farther can not be used in place of further.
October 26, 2005, 2:53pm
Farther is used in reference to distanceFurther is used in reference to time or quantity
November 29, 2005, 1:47pm
So, does your money go farther or further?
August 9, 2006, 12:08pm
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, since the Middle English period many writers have used farther and further interchangeably.
August 9, 2006, 5:03pm
That is be true, John, but there are certainly examples where "further" cannot be replaced by "farther". "Further" may also mean "additional" while "farther" cannot."Here are further examples of this" cannot be replaced by "Here are farther examples of this." and you have never heard "farthermore", have you?:)
August 10, 2006, 1:44pm
August 11, 2006, 11:29pm
"Farther" also means "more far."
November 27, 2006, 2:03pm
In the UK most of us use 'further' for everything, as Fowler, who disapproved of this new rule, predicted. For more details, you can read my post: http://random-idea-english.blogspot.co.uk/2011/...
August 16, 2012, 7:31am
What if you want to use further/farther "down the road of destruction"? it's not literally a physical distance... so can you use further in this case?
September 11, 2013, 12:20am
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