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February 22, 2013

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Suzanne-Jeanne Malenga

This is very helpful. Thank you.

George Raymond

Hit counts in Google show that most people use "further" in all six contexts above. So most people seem unaware of the distinction. But not the readers of Lynn's blog!

Conchita Conigliaro

Always very interesting and helpful. Thank you Lynn!

victor

Excellent Tip!!

Sofia

For some reason I'll only use farther for physical distances that have some measurement:
'Jeff cycled a mile farther than I did' works for me, whereas
'Jeff cycled further than I did' feels more natural than farther.

James

Thanks for the clarification, Lynn. This is very helpful!

Lisa Marie

Confession time: I was completely stumped by that quiz!

Thanks for this helpful post, Lynn. I clearly needed it!

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Thanks for your comments, Suzanne-Jeanne, George, Conchita, Victor, Sofia, James, and Lisa Marie. I appreciate your input!

Sofia, you make an interesting distinction. My concern about your approach is that you might have sentences with "further" and "farther" used the same way in a piece of writing, and readers might be perplexed about the distinction. If you can avoid using both words in a piece, your use should be acceptable.

Lynn

Michaela

Very clear and helpful post. Many thanks, Lynn.

Andreas Neustifter

And now imagine being a German native speaker where for both further and farther the word "weiter" is used :)
(http://dict.leo.org/#/search=weiter)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Michaela and Andreas, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Andreas, I guess you have it easy in German when it comes to "farther" and "further." Some English speakers use just one word, "further," as you do in German. I clicked your link, and I learned that "weiter" has quite a few meaings. I suppose "further" does too.

Lynn

Andreas Neustifter

Lynn, in my experience German has less specialised words in daily use and the context-sensitivity of words is higher.
(The context sensitivity might be a reason why German needs more words to describe something since its necessary to establish context.)

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