Farther vs. Further

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Grammar Tip: Farther vs. Further from Mainstay Editorial Services

Farther vs. Further

Which is correct?

  1. I am running farther than you.
  2. I am running further than you.

Not sure of the answer? You’re not alone. Although these words are similar, there is a difference, and they are not interchangeable.

Farther – refers to physical distance. Example: We walked farther than we intended.

Further – refers to figurative distance. Example: Let’s dive further into this topic.

I use a memory trick to help me remember the difference. Farther contains the word far. When I think of physical distance, I think of far and know to use farther. Therefore, if the sentence does not refer to physical distance, I know to use further.

Without the memory trick, I could never keep the difference between these two words straight.

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