This is part of the difference between series.

I’ve heard some people confusing the words further and farther. Here’s the difference between the two.


Further refers to a metaphorical difference.

  • You have driven me further to anger than ever before.
  • If you push me any further, I will probably lose my temper.


Farther, on the other hand, refers to literal distance.

  • How much farther is it to the mountain,” asked Boots.
  • Ten kilometres farther, and your destination will be on your right.

Memory trick: Keep in mind that farther has the word far, and anything that is far away you can visualize.

Which words do you confuse? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copywriter and copyeditor. I blog on writing tips mostly, but I sometimes throw in my thoughts about running a small business. Follow me on Twitter at @hotpepper.

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