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    #1

    the furthest

    I've read this sentence in a grammar book.
    'Outskirts are the parts of a city or town that are furthest from the center.'
    Should I say 'the furthest'

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    #2
    It is OK both with and without the article.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3
    We (Aussies) often say "furtherest" for "furthest". Maybe others do too. To me, it even sounds more natural.
    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/furtherest

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    #4
    Anybody can edit Wiktionary. Why don't you go ahead and put 'Australia' before 'New Zealand'?

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    #5
    Sorry, Rover_KE. I'm not a specialist in English Language. I a scholar. So, I don't know if my question is grammatically OK or Not.

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    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    Sorry, Rover_KE. I'm not a specialist in the English language. I am a student, so I don't know if my question is grammatically OK or not.
    ems answered your question in post #2.

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    #7
    In AmE, when it comes to physical distance, we tend to use "farther" and "farthest". We tend to use "further" and "furthest" for metaphorical distance. I have never heard the use of "furtherest".

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    #8
    That distinction is less marked in BrE nowadays- some use it, but many just use further/furthest for everything.

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    #9
    I suspect we will get there.

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