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Farther vs. Further
Have you wondered whether there is a right way and a wrong way to use the words farther and further? The different uses of the two words can be subtle. Let's have a closer look.
Farther: Refers to physical distance only.
We had to walk farther than the map indicated.
Reno is farther from San Francisco than from Sacramento.
1. Moreover; in addition; to a greater extent.
We need to discuss this further.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
2. May be used for physical distance although farther is preferred.
Example: We had to drive further.
3. To help forward, advance, or promote a work, undertaking, cause, etc.
Example: Elisa had more desire to further her own interests than to further the mission of the organization.
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Choose the correct word for each sentence. Answers are at the bottom of the newsletter.
1. The mountain peak was farther/further away than she expected.
2. Farther/Further negotiations should help the two sides reach an agreement.
3. I agree with the addition to the project as long as there are no farther/further delays.
4. I refuse to walk one step farther/further.
5. The purpose of the United Nations is to farther/further the cause of world peace.
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Pop Quiz Answers
Correct answers indicated in bold type and by an asterisk (*).
1. The mountain peak was *farther/further* away than she expected. (Either farther or further is correct but farther is preferred.)
2. Farther/Further* negotiations should help the two sides reach an agreement.
3. I agree with the addition to the project as long as there are no farther/further* delays.
4. I refuse to walk one step *farther/further*. (Either farther or further is correct but farther is preferred.)
5. The purpose of the United Nations is to farther/further* the cause of world peace.
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