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In this lesson we will learn how to use ‘farther’ and ‘further’ in a conversation without getting confused.
Jim: The word ‘farther’ is one comparative of ‘far’. It speaks about a physical distance or length. It describes something that is more distant than something else.
Bob: On the other hand, ‘further’, also a comparative of far, refers to a greater distance or degree, or to a more advanced level.
Jim: That is right, Bob. The word ‘further’ means to extend something in time or length. For example: The doctor wanted to carry on his research further.
Bob: You are correct, Jim. And, for example, ‘farther’ is used as in: The Sun is farther from Earth than the moon, even if it appears to be nearer.
Jim: Yes, right. Let me give an example with ‘further’: He wants to study further, until he finishes his masters.
Bob: Right, Jim. Why don’t you give us another example with farther?
Jim: Sure, Bob, here’s one: Lizzy’s home is farther from her school than Sam’s.
Bob: Yes, that is correct. Let me give an example with ‘further’: Lizzy did not want to read further since she was tired.
Jim: That’s great. Should we carry on our discussion any further?
Bob: That’s all right. The difference between ‘farther’ and ‘further’ is clear to me now. Let’s see some conversations.
Sam: Hey, Mike, should we walk further?
Mike: Yes, Sam. I think we should walk further up to that river.
Sam: Mike, it’s hot today and we have come a long way.
Mike: Yes, Sam. I’m tired, too. We have come farther than yesterday.
Sam: This road is long.
Mike: Yes, but there’s a nice place to rest further ahead.
Sam: Mike, have you thought any further about our trip?
Mike: Yes, Sam. I want to go farther than we did last year.
Sam: That would be great but wouldn’t the trip be too long?
Mike: Yes, I think so. Chicago is farther from here than St. Louis.
Sam: I think it’ll be fine. Our vacation has been extended.
Mike: That’s great news. I’m sure we’ll enjoy our trip.
Sam: Hey, Mike. The town is farther than I thought, I cannot drive any further.
Mike: Sorry, Sam. You seem to be tired, but you drove farther last time.
Sam: That is true but I am not well today.
Mike: Ok. I’ll take it from here. You get some rest.