Farther or Further?

Farther refers to length or distance. It is the comparative form of the word far when referring to distance.

Further means "to a greater degree," "additional," or "additionally." It refers to time or amount. It is the comparative form of the word far when meaning "much."

Correct: London is farther north than Juneau.
(Refers to distance)

Correct: This plan requires further study.
(Meaning "additional study," refers to amount)

Correct: According to my timetable, we should be further along.
(Refers to time)

See also Irregular Comparisons.


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