Further vs Farther Practice Exercise



  • Farther refers to distance
  • Further refers anything else other than distance and the continuation of something. It usually means in addition to or moreover

Sometimes, however, the words are interchangeable, for example, when the idea of distance is unclear as in this example: I was further/farther into the story than I realized. In this case either could be used because the reader of the story was both a farther distance into the story and further into the developing plot of the story than realized.

Examples:
Grandma’s house is farther than I remember.
This sentence deals with the distance to Grandma’s house.

Do you have any further questions?
This sentence deals with additional questions not distance.

Directions: Circle the correct use of further/farther/either. Circle either if both options are acceptable.

  1. I had to walk further/farther/either than I ever had before.
  2. I realized that I was further/farther/either behind than I thought.
  3. How much further/farther/either before we get to the restroom?
  4. The further/farther/either I get into this book, the more I like it.
  5. I have to go now, but let’s talk further/farther/either tomorrow.
  6. Further/Farther/either, you should read the book because it is the most interesting one.
  7. He could throw a football further/farther/either than anyone else.
  8. This article evokes further/farther/either discussion.
  9. Do you have anything further/farther/either to add to this topic?
  10. Bitsy went to college to further/farther/either her education.
  11. The hills across the desert are further/farther/either than they look.
  12. This is the furthest/farthest/either I have ever hiked.

Answers:

  1. I had to walk further/farther/either than I ever had before.
  2. I realized that I was further/farther/either behind than I thought.
  3. How much further/farther/either before we get to the restroom?
  4. The further/farther/either I get into this book, the more I like it.
  5. I have to go now, but let’s talk further/farther/either tomorrow.
  6. Further/Farther/either, you should read the book because it is the most interesting one.
  7. He could throw a football further/farther/either than anyone else.
  8. This article evokes further/farther/either discussion.
  9. Do you have anything further/farther/either to add to this topic?
  10. Bitsy went to college to further/farther/either her education.
  11. The hills across the desert are further/farther/either than they look.
  12. This is the furthest/farthest/either I have ever hiked.

3 Responses

  1. Stacey Doll says:

    Can you give the answers?

  2. Noelia says:

    Thank you very much for the post.
    It has been really useful.

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