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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:23 pm Reply with quote
Klopfenpop
 
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What is the difference between farther and further and when is it appropriate to use which? Everything I've seen says they're synonymous, but that doesn't seem right for some reason. If they are synonymous, why do we have them both?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:14 am Reply with quote
Bloomer
 
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Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


Farther is used to talk about distance: I can't run any farther. | There's a gas station farther down the road.

Further talks about time, quantities, or amounts: Prices will probably further increase next year. | Patty refused to discuss the matter any further.

People sometimes try to use further to talk about distance, but this usage is frowned upon in the U.S.



* Longman Advanced American English Dictionary
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