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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