Further vs. Farther | Examples, Definition & Difference
Further and farther are related words that can have similar meanings, depending on the context. Both can refer to distances, but further has some additional senses for which you can’t use farther.
- Farther can be used as an adjective and an adverb. It’s used to mean “at a greater distance,” whether literally or figuratively.
- Further may be used in a similar way to mean “at a greater distance” (though “farther” is more common). But it can also be used as an adjective meaning “more,” as an adverb meaning “additionally,” and as a verb meaning “advance” or “promote.”
|Examples: Farther in a sentence||Examples: Further in a sentence|
|Colorado is farther from New York than Iowa.||Further research is needed into the subject.|
|We were sitting farther away from the stage than I had hoped.||Geoff intended to further his career through hard work and diligence.|
|I’ll go this far, and no farther.||Further, I intend to investigate the effects of caffeine intake on the participants’ concentration.|
Farther and further to refer to distance (adjective or adverb)
Farther and further can both be used as adjectives to mean “at a greater distance,” though farther is more common in US English.
Both farther and further can also be used as adverbs to describe an action that results in greater or additional distance. Again, farther is the more standard choice in US English.
Further to mean more (adjective or adverb)
Further, as an adjective, can be used with roughly the same meaning as “more” or “additional.”
Further, as an adverb, can be used to describe an action in terms of greater degree.
Further vs. furthermore (adverb)
Further and furthermore are synonyms that are used in the same way as “moreover” or “additionally.” Both can be used as conjunctive adverbs (transition words) to link two independent clauses or sentences together.
They are placed at the start of a sentence and are followed by a comma. Farther is never used in this way, and you should never write “farthermore.”
Further as a verb
Further can also be used as a verb, meaning “promote,” “advance,” or “help the development of.” Farther is never used as a verb.
Worksheet: Farther vs. further
Try the worksheet below if you want to test your understanding of the difference between “farther” and “further.” Fill in either “further” or “farther” in each sentence.
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