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Origin of further
words often confused with further
OTHER WORDS FROM furtherfur·ther·er, noun
Words nearby further
FURTHER VS. FARTHER
What’s the difference between further and farther?
Further commonly means to a greater figurative distance, as in Nothing could be further from the truth, or to a greater extent, as in Let’s discuss this further. It can also mean at or to a greater literal distance. This is what farther most commonly means, as in a few steps farther or two miles farther or We’re moving even farther away.
The traditional distinction is that farther is used for literal distances and that further should be used for figurative distances or metaphorical extents, though in everyday communication, they are often used interchangeably, with further being often used for literal distances and farther being used to mean at a more advanced point or to a great extent.
However, further is used in a few ways that farther is not. Further can be used as a verb meaning to advance something, such as an agenda or cause, as in This will help to further our cause. As an adjective, further can mean more extended, as in further delays, or additional, as in We will hold further meetings. It can also be used in the beginning of a sentence or clause to mean the same thing as furthermore, in addition, or moreover, as in I don’t like ice cream. Further, I don’t like pistachios. So why would you buy me pistachio ice cream?
You can remember that farther is typically used for literal distance by remembering that it’s the comparative form of the adjective far, with the superlative form being farthest.
Here’s an example of further and farther used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: I have to drive farther than usual for work today—I’ll explain further when I get home.
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Quiz yourself on further vs. farther!
Should further or farther be used in the following sentence?
They are doing this simply to _____ their agenda.
How to use further in a sentence
Also, she was tall and thin, too, further adding to the ways she met the physical beauty conventions.
Her post-crown fame, though, only further begs the question: Why has there not been another Jewish Miss America since 1945?
In Uganda, legislators are considering further criminalization of LGBT advocacy and same-sex relationships.
Further, there are maintenance crews who have to fix those drones.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After that speech, many of the students gathered around to talk further.
Off went the officers again, some distance to the front, and then back again to their men, and got them on a little further.
The improvement of transport still further swelled the volume of production.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Harry had no further adventures in reaching Fulton, and at once reported to Captain Duffield, who was in command of the post.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
He, therefore, did as he said; made no further observation, but conducted himself to his young friend with grave distance.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
As the next verse is the last you needn't trouble yourself to make any further observations.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
British Dictionary definitions for further
Derived forms of furtherfurtherer, noun
Word Origin for further
Other Idioms and Phrases with further
see without further ado.