Re: farther and further

Subject: Re: farther and further
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 12:01:31 -0500


A good resource for questions like this is American Heritage Dictionary, which includes a "Usage Note" where the editors think one might be helpful.

In this case, the Usage Note confirms your choice. The words were used interchangeably for centuries, but recently editors have begun making the distinction you make.

So you are not incorrect, although the rule is not a hard and fast one.


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Mike <techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Reply-To: Mike <techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 08:41:09 -0800 (PST)

>Looked for this one in MoS, but didn't find anything.
>I'm of the belief that you use the term "farther" when
>you are describing a physical distance . . . "It is
>farther from Roseville to Davis, than from Sacramento
>to Davis."
>"Further" would describe non-physical ideas . . . "I
>am further along in the project than I expected."
>Am I correct? Then again, it may be more a matter of
>consistency. The terms may be interchangeable . . .

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