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    father and further

    Do 'farther' and 'further' mean exactly the same thing?
    Or is there any difference between them? Thank you.

    PS. Sorry that I mistyped the title.

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    #2

    Re: father and further

    Hi:

    You may look in the archives of the forum, I am sure there have been several discussions on the topic. Nevertheless, please find below the Usage Note from the American Heritage Dictionary.

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    Nyggus

    Since the Middle English period many writers have used farther and further interchangeably. According to a relatively recent rule, however, farther should be reserved for physical distance and further for nonphysical, metaphorical advancement. Thus 74 percent of the Usage Panel prefers farther in the sentence If you are planning to drive any farther than Ukiah, you'd better carry chains, and 64 percent prefers further in the sentence We won't be able to answer these questions until we are further along in our research. In many cases, however, the distinction is not easy to draw. If we speak of a statement that is far from the truth, for example, we should also allow the use of farther in a sentence such as Nothing could be farther from the truth. But Nothing could be further from the truth is so well established as to seem a fixed expression.


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    #3

    Re: father and further

    It is the SAME WORD, and the etymology is Anglo-Saxon. The only reason why there are two versions is because of differences in English regional pronounciation, which led to a spelling variation. I must say that language pedants really are hoist on their own petard when they start inventing differences in meaning that have never even existed.

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    #4

    Re: father and further

    Recalling the Tdol's words from the post placed here
    "As a simple guide - you can always use 'further', but 'farther' can be wrong."
    After all, I am not sure then which opinion is correct .
    Best wishes,
    Nyggus


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    #5

    Re: father and further

    nyggus, Coffa, thank you for your responses. Very helpful.

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