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Grammar Quick Tips: Farther Vs Further

Grammar Quick Tips

I’ve been spending a few days trying to brainstorm how to add more posts to the blog that would be helpful to new bloggers and writers.

Obviously, we’re busy people and don’t have time to read a ton of posts that are thousands of words long — though they can be some of the best posts we read. However, I wanted to create posts that were smaller and easier to remember and come back to for reference when needed.

With that being the case, I decided to start a new post series called Grammar Quick Tips. 

Now, I’m no Grammar Maven (a real Grammar Nazi would have hit me over the head for writing that previous sentence…), but I’m always looking improve my understanding of English grammar, usage and spelling, as I’m sure many of you are.

As a freelance blogger, you don’t need to know every single grammar rule in the book to be able to make good money from your writing, however, you should always be ready to learn and increase your knowledge so that you are always improving your skills.

I wanted to bring something to the table to help myself and others like me who wanted to do just that.

Today’s Grammar Quick Tip is the first of the series with more to come.

Farther versus Further: What’s The Difference?

Farther versus further
What’s the difference?

These words are easy to mix up. The reason for this is that even though they are different, they are very similar in meaning.

Merriam-Webster defines Farther like this:

at or to a greater distance or more advanced point

But it defines Further, this way:

to or at a more distant place or time; to a greater degree or extent; in addition to what has been said

With such similar definitions, people often use them interchangeably. Most people don’t bat an eye at this, but the two words do not mean the same thing and, therefore, should be used correctly.

Here are some ways to help you remember how and when to use them correctly.

How To Use Farther Correctly

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Here are some examples:

  • I walked two miles FARTHER than my brother.
  • How much FARTHER is it till we get to Disneyland?
  • I bet I can throw the ball FARTHER than you.

Each time FARTHER was used in the sentence, it was clear that the distance being traveled was a literal distance.

How To Use Further Correctly

[Tweet “Use ‘Further’ When You Are Meaning A Figurative Distance #grammar”]

 Here are some examples:

  • We started to argue and I decided we could not take the conversation any FURTHER.
  • How will you FURTHER your freelance writing career this year?

Each time FURTHER was used in the sentence, the distance it reflected was figurative and not literal.

Mignon Fogarty (aka Grammar Girl) expounds on this more on her blog. You can read more about it here.

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Have a question about grammar? Post your questions and it may end up in the next Quick Tip.

 

Ari Rule

I'm Ari — a freelance writer, digital marketer, and side-hustle guinea pig. HustlePineapple is where you'll find my best tactics for freelance success, blogging and social media tips, and ideas for profitable side-hustles. Connect with me on Twitter or Instagram @HustlePineapple

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2 Comments

  1. Elna Cain

    Great topic series! Looking forward to your grammar snack bites!

  2. Jayne Bodell

    What a great topic! I wrote about this on my blog. So glad you point out that writers should always be looking to improve. And you’re right. You don’t have to be perfect.

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