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Farther vs. Further

June 2012
Spot the Error

On his first try, eleven-year-old Ron hit the ball much further than his dad.

For some reason, further sounds a little more educated than farther, but in this case, it is incorrect. While it is true that both farther and further mean greater distance, farther is used for physicial distance while further is used for figurative distance. For example:

I ran farther than you.

John’s explanations could not be further from the truth.

Luke, I am your farther. (Kidding! Just checking to see if you’re paying attention.)

Remember, keep the “far” in farther when you mean literal distance. Learn this and you will go “fur.”

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