farther vs further : Common Errors in English

About farther vs further

Some authorities (like the Associated Press) insist on “farther” to refer to physical distance and on “further” to refer to an extent of time or degree, but others treat the two words as interchangeable except for insisting on “further” for “in addition,” and “moreover.” You’ll always be safe in making the distinction; some people get really testy about this.

farther Meaning(s)

  • (a) located at a great distance in time or space or degree
  • (s) being of a considerable distance or length
  • (r) at or to or from a great distance in space
  • (r) to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense)
  • (s) being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle
  • (s) beyond a norm in opinion or actions
  • (r) to a considerable degree; very much
  • (r) at or to a certain point or degree
  • (r) remote in time
  • (r) to an advanced stage or point
  • (s) more distant in especially space or time
  • (s) more distant in especially degree
  • (r) to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)
  • (n) a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to institute Hutu control again

further Meaning(s)

  • (v) promote the growth of
  • (v) contribute to the progress or growth of
  • (s) more distant in especially degree
  • (r) to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense)
  • (r) in addition or furthermore
  • (r) to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense)
  • (a) located at a great distance in time or space or degree
  • (s) being of a considerable distance or length
  • (r) at or to or from a great distance in space
  • (s) being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle
  • (s) beyond a norm in opinion or actions
  • (r) to a considerable degree; very much
  • (r) at or to a certain point or degree
  • (r) remote in time
  • (r) to an advanced stage or point
  • (n) a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to institute Hutu control again

farther in News

  1. L.A. County court cuts to result in longer waits for public

    Expect clogged traffic courts and delays for a variety of civil cases in the wake of the elimination of more than 500 jobs. If you want to sue your landlord, divorce your spouse or fight a traffic ticket this year, you'll probably pay more, travel farther and wait longer.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Severe weather slams Upper Midwest; mid-Atlantic may be next

    A fast-moving storm system struck parts of the Upper Midwest hard on Wednesday evening, delivering blows to Chicago and many other communities before moving quickly to inflict damage farther east.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

  3. What is a derecho?

    A fast-moving storm system struck parts of the Upper Midwest hard on Wednesday evening, delivering blows to Chicago and many other communities before moving quickly to inflict damage farther east. The Windy City itself experienced gusts that measured about 50 mph around 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET), in addition to dime-size hail, the National Weather […]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

further in News

  1. Flash: NZD/USD risks further downside near term - HSBC

    FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - NZD/USD is on shaky grounds, and further downside near term is expected,... For more information, read our latest forex news.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Forex Market

  2. Japan stocks slide further; Nikkei below 13,000

    HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks tumbled early Thursday as a strengthening yen and extended losses on Wall Street prompted further selling in exporters, setting the major share benchmarks on course for their sixth loss in seven sessions. The Nikkei Stock Average dropped 2.8% to 12,912.45, returning below the 13,000-point level, while the Topix shed 2.3%. Nissan Motor Co. lost 3.5% and ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Market Watch

  3. Weaju delivers further high grade intercepts from first drilling phase

    Weaju delivers further high grade intercepts from first drilling phase
    on June 11, 2013 Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

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