Farther objection vs. Further objection


I know (theoretically :)) that in some contexts further and farther are synonymous. The only little problem is to determine, in which ones. :slight_smile:

Could you give your preference to one of the phrases:

He made no farther objection.
He made no further objection.

or provide some explanation for the difference in meaning/emphasis (if any)?

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Farther = distance

Further = figurative meaning

That’s how I learned the difference, anyway.

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Our relationship cannot go further. = Our relationship is essentially over, or at least its growth has ended.

It’s farther to Waco than it is to Austin. = Waco is farther away (distance) than Austin.

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Much more poetic than ‘we’re through’, that’s for sure!

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“Talk to the hand, ex-girlfriend!”

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Hi Conchita, Tamara and Tom. :smiley:

To be more precise, further is used in reference to time or quantity

I vote for:

Ex.He made no further objection. :wink:

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Many grammars put ‘farther’ and ‘further’ on a par for physical distances, with ‘further’ still demanded for time, quantity and figurative distances. The two words are historically the same, and have suffered much at the hands of prescriptivists over the years. Webster notes that " ‘further’ has squeezed ‘farther’ out of the ‘additional’ sense and is giving it considerable pressure in the ‘more distant’ sense."

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…sorry, but is it a typo? Was it meant to be grammarians?


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Thanks to you all!

further, OK.

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Hi Tom

You might look at the word “grammars” as different systems of explaining/prescribing grammar.



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