Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

farther versus further in English

Do you get confused between “farther” and “further” and when to use the two words? What is the difference between them?

There are tons of expressions involving the word “far” that natives like to use in daily conversation.

Today we’ll show you a few of them and how to use them.


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#1) “Farther” versus “Further”:

  • Farther- Physical, literal distance- Example: “My office is farther from the train station than yours is.”
  • Further-Metaphorical- Example: “I’d like to talk with you further about this.”


#2) “Far off” and “far away”:

These are similar. Both are about time and distance.

  • “Christmas is pretty far off” or “Christmas is pretty far away.”
  • “The next gas station is far away.”


#3) “Far from”:

This is only about physical distance. It’s not about time.

  • Example: “Texas is far from New York City.”


More expressions with “far”:

  • “A far cry”- Definition from The Free Dictionary= Vastly different from
    • Example: “Living in the heart of New York City is certainly a far cry from living in the rural countryside.”


  • “Far and away”- By a great margin, clearly
    • Example: “Tom Brady is far and away the greatest football player that ever played for The Patriots.”


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