Farther vs Further
What is the Difference?
are two commonly
in the English
language. When do you use each one?
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Should you say, "It is farther
down the aisle"?
Or should you say, "It is further
down the aisle"?
Is it "farther away
or "further away"
In this lesson, we you will learn the differences between farther
We usually use farther
to talk about a physical length or distance. Farther
is the comparative
when talking about physical
If you can replace the word farther
with a phrase like "more miles"
or "more distance", then you are probably using it correctly.
- If you walk farther
down the road, you will see my house.
(If you walk more
miles down the road, you will see my house.)
- The school is farther
down Oak Street.
(The school is more
miles down Oak Street.)
- How much farther
until we get there?
(How many more
miles until we get there?)
- Texas is farther
south than Oklahoma.
(Texas is more
miles south than Oklahoma.)
- Move your chair farther
toward the back of the room.
(Move your chair more
distance toward the back of the room.)
- The dog ran farther
than I thought he would when I let him out of the
(The dog ran more
distance than I thought he would when I let him out
of the house.)
We usually use further
to talk about a metaphorical distance, like a
distance in time. It refers to a time or amount. Further
of "far" when you mean "much."
another way of saying "additional" or "more time."
- His plan needs further
(His plan needs additional
- I won't listen to this any further.
(I won't listen to this for any more time.)
- The teacher wants to discuss this further tomorrow.
(The teacher wants to discuss this for more time
- I plan to further
(I plan to spend more
time on my education.)
Sometimes it can be difficult to decide if you should use farther
it is hard to tell if you are talking about a
physical distance or a metaphorical distance.
- Billy is further/farther along on the exam than Janet.
In this sentence, we don't know if it is a physical distance or time.
Billy could be physically farther
on the test if he is on page two and
Janet is only on page one.
Or it could mean a metaphorical
through the test. Billy has
spent more time on the test and has less time to finish than Janet.
If you are not sure which one to use, it is best to use further
has less restrictions. Some
writing style guides and dictionaries say that it doesn't matter which
one you use.
Farthest and furthest
They follow the same rules as farther
used to show a physical distance.
- We traveled the farthest to get here today.
(We traveled the most miles to get here today.)
is used to show a metaphorical distance.
- He is the furthest thing from my mind today.
(I am not spending any more time thinking about him today.)
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