Writing workshop participants often ask for help with clarifying the differences between words that are very similar and often confused. Two of those words are further and farther. Let’s take a look and determine whether we are going for the distance or need to discuss it a little more.
Okay, so those were clues.
Farther is all about distance. A good way to remember that is because the word starts with “far.” So, if we need to go farther, we are probably traveling – walking, running, driving, riding, or some other mode of transportation.
Further is a bit more nebulous. In a sense, it can also be about movement forward. For example, you might want to further your career. It’s also about a deeper dive, like when you need to discuss or research a topic further.
Think measurable distances when you use farther and less tangible, more figurative movement when using further.
If you need any further assistance, let me know!
I may be trying to take my daily walk on the beach a little farther but I’ll follow up soon!