Farther vs. Further
Which is correct?
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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