Contrary to popular opinion, further and farther don't have the same meaning. Basically, further refers to something that is additional and farther refers to actual distances between objects. Here are some easy-to-understand definitions and examples of how to use the two words.
Further is defined as something that is additional, such as a longer distance or time period. It is used when there is no knowledge of the actual physical distance or time difference.
Examples of further are:
Farther refers to a greater physical distance, a distance that has been measured.
Examples of farther are:
- The red car is farther away than the blue car.
- The trip carried the family farther north than they had planned.
- The red car was driven farther than the blue car.
One of our YourDictionary readers shared a great way to make sure that you use the two words correctly:
"If you can't replace "further" with "additional" in a sentence, you are using it incorrectly."
Unfortunately, further tends to be used by many people for all situations, whether or not the actual distance is known. Remember, you need to measure to use "farther," but you use "further" in all other situations.
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