Further and farther are easily confused as both words can be used to say “at a greater distance”. To be sure you are using them correctly take a look at the following explanation.
How to Use Further
- Further refers to figurative, abstract, or metaphorical distances.
- It can be an adverb, an adjective, or even a verb.
- When used as a verb, it means to promote a cause.
- There is room for further improvement in English.
- Please contact our agent in Spain for further information.
- We will help you further.
- Her departure pre-empted any further questions.
- We expect to see further improvement over the coming year.
- It provided the spur to further research.
How to Use Farther
- Farther refers to physical distance.
- It’s used as an adjective or an adverb.
- Shall we go farther?
- We can’t go any farther without resting.
- Rome is farther from London than Paris is.
- I can throw the ball farther than you can.
- How much farther is it to the airport?
- It was farther to the shops than I expected.