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    Default The further you go, the greater the risk

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

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    Default Re: The further you go, the greater the risk

    It's OK in the proper context.

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    Default 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.

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    Default 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.

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    Default 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

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    Default 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.
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    Default 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

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    Default 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!

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    Default 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'.
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    Default 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.

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