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    Further vs farther

    Hi,
    Is there any difference between further and farther or do they mean exectly the same thing? Is it an American English/British English thing?
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    Re: Further vs farther

    Quote Originally Posted by Swede
    Hi,
    Is there any difference between further and farther or do they mean exectly the same thing? Is it an American English/British English thing?
    Thanks!


    Well,I honestly don't think this has anything to do with either the AME or BRE.The two words,though somewhat similar,have clearing different meaning and usage.While "farther" shows physical distance(which can be measured in miles or kilometers) "further" betokens metaphoric or figurative distance (which cannot be measured in either miles or kilomteres)...Here are some examples...
    "The journey to his house was farther than I had anticipated"...(physical distance....20/30/40 kilometers
    "Could you please explain further?I don't seem to understand the topic"...Yes,the explanation would suggest a "progression" but it is not physical...neither does it require physical movement....

    I hope you find this helpful...
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    Thanks!

    Thanks! I understand completely!

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    Re: Thanks!

    As a simple guide- you can always use 'further', but 'farther' can be wrong.


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    Re: Further vs farther

    Great, then I'll know what to say when I'm not sure. Thanks!

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