Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: May 2012
    • Posts: 126
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    The further you go, the greater the risk

    Is it ok to say: "The further you go, the greater the risk"?

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 17,413
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    It's OK in the proper context.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 3,505
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    Quote Originally Posted by barnej0096 View Post
    Is it ok to say: "The further you go, the greater the risk"?
    Unless you are referring to physical distance, it's OK. Otherwise, use "farther" for a physical reference.

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 23,646
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Unless you are referring to physical distance, it's OK. Otherwise, use "farther" for a physical reference.
    I disagree, billmcd. I think "further" and "farther" are interchangeable.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 3,505
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I disagree, billmcd. I think "further" and "farther" are interchangeable.
    Well, can we agree to disagree

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Well, can we agree to disagree
    I'll have to agree to agree with bhai, and to disagree with you.

    As a result of my rather formal education half a century and more ago, I use the words in the way you do. However, I now strongly suspect that there was never any real justification for what I was taught. By some quirk of linguistic fate it just happens that 'far' has two, interchangeable (for most native speakers) comparative and superlative forms.

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 18,564
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I'll have to agree to agree with bhai, and to disagree with you.

    As a result of my rather formal education half a century and more ago, I use the words in the way you do. However, I now strongly suspect that there was never any real justification for what I was taught. By some quirk of linguistic fate it just happens that 'far' has two, interchangeable (for most native speakers) comparative and superlative forms.
    This may be another AmE difference from BrE (although the difference is not 100%). The American Heritage Dictionary usage panel still maintains a difference.

    See usage note: American Heritage Dictionary Entry: farther

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 3,505
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    This may be another AmE difference from BrE (although the difference is not 100%). The American Heritage Dictionary usage panel still maintains a difference.

    See usage note: American Heritage Dictionary Entry: farther
    Vive la difference!

  4. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The American Heritage Dictionary usage panel still maintains a difference.

    See usage note: American Heritage Dictionary Entry: farther
    Thanks for the link. The preference of the majority of the members of a panel is not going to convince me that we have a 'rule'.

  5. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 18,564
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Thanks for the link. The preference of the majority of the members of a panel is not going to convince me that we have a 'rule'.
    Nor should it. You have a very "healthy" opinion about English grammar rules. I find it refreshing.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. greater vs a greater
    By Offroad in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Apr-2013, 22:26
  2. [Grammar] Greater height or greater heights
    By yeecharles in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Jan-2012, 08:49
  3. [General] which is higher the greater ...
    By outofdejavu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2008, 16:03
  4. greater than or more than??
    By kiranlegend in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 31-Jul-2008, 19:51
  5. Risk it/Run the risk/take my chances
    By Antonio in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Aug-2004, 21:48

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •