May 9th, 2012

Prompt Grammar Tip: Is it ‘further’ or ‘farther’?

Prompt Grammar Tip: Is it ‘further’ or ‘farther’?

‘Further’ is always used when not referring to physical distance, for example, “He had to investigate further to find the answer.” But ‘farther’ is preferred when describing actual, measurable geographic distance. “He needed to travel farther to find the waterfall in the woods.” A good way to remember this is to note that farther has an ‘a,’ just like the word ‘atlas’, with an atlas representing physical distance.

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