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    Smile farther or further

    He is throwing the ball farther and farther.
    Can we use "further" here?

    The more slowly I run, the farther I can go.
    Can we use "further" here?
    Thanks

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    Re: farther or further

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    He is throwing the ball farther and farther.
    Can we use "further" here?

    The more slowly I run, the farther I can go.
    Can we use "further" here?
    Thanks
    In modern English "farther" and "further" are interchangeable.

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    Re: farther or further

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    He is throwing the ball farther and farther.
    Can we use "further" here?

    The more slowly I run, the farther I can go.
    Can we use "further" here?
    Thanks
    ***NOT A TEACHER***In the United States, some teachers have this "rule": use "farther" only if you are talking about real distance. So "He is throwing the ball farther" (because it's real distance that you can measure). But: "You will go further in life if you are a nice person."

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    Re: farther or further

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***In the United States, some teachers have this "rule": use "farther" only if you are talking about real distance. So "He is throwing the ball farther" (because it's real distance that you can measure). But: "You will go further in life if you are a nice person."
    I am more flexible and would say 'go farther in life'. But I think that saying something like 'Farther to the above...' is not acceptable. So, to me, they are not interchangeable.
    http://dictionary.referencecom/browse/farther

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    Re: farther or further

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    He is throwing the ball farther and farther.
    Can we use "further" here?

    The more slowly I run, the farther I can go.
    Can we use "further" here?
    Thanks
    I would only use "farther" in those two sentences. But I think some might use "further".

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