I don’t provide a lot of grammar-type Quick Wins nowadays (let me know if you’d like to see those, again), but I thought it was time to throw this one into the mix.
In my personal life, I’m a big fan of ‘further,’ even when it isn’t grammatically correct. (Shh! Shh! Don’t tell anyone!)
For some reason, ‘further’ seems … is it … friendlier?
Anyhoo, here are some examples of using these words correctly.
[QW16] Is ‘farther’ or ‘further’ correct?
Farther = discussing a (think of it as far) distance
“It’s farther than you think.”
“How much farther should we drive before lunch?”
“Our home is the farthest from the traffic.”
Further = promoting a cause; advancing a career or education, etc.
“Encourage your friend while he’s furthering his cause.”
“She is working hard to further her career.”
“I know the course is expensive, but it further’s my education.”
There ya go!
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