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Nelodra

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farthest or furthest?
« on: January 07, 2009, 03:19:51 PM »
I just wrote this sentence and am not sure if it's right. I always get confused between farthest and furthest.

“It’s all good for you; you’ve been to heaven knows how many other worlds already, but the farthest away I’ve ever been are the Woods of Wokk.”

Is farthest correct, or should I use furthest?


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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 03:50:42 PM »
Is farthest correct, or should I use furthest?


I believe farthest is correct Nel
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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 04:01:18 PM »
I don't want to cloud this issue, but I was under the impression they were interchangeable and just a matter of pronunciation?
I would like to know this for sure too.
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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 04:31:37 PM »
Thanks Alice.

Skip, there is a difference, and I know there's a rule for which one to use. The problem is, I don't know the rule.  :-[

Anybody out there who can tell me the rule?

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 04:35:37 PM »
the two are interchanged  but there is a difference. farther is best used in your sentence nel because it deals with distance. further is quantity. the further (quantity) you walk, the farther (distance) you get.

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009, 04:52:05 PM »
Thanks.
That's very helpful, TW.  :)

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009, 04:57:51 PM »
don't thank me, thank Strunk And White's ELEMENTS OF STYLE :)

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2009, 05:05:55 PM »
 :)

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2009, 05:11:34 PM »
... the further (quantity) you walk, the farther (distance) you get.

apart from this bit. that's mine ;D

Nelodra

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2009, 05:28:29 PM »
And that's actually the best bit, TW.  :)

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2009, 10:48:29 PM »
Sorry, I've had LOTR on the brain lately....

there is a scene where Sam say's to Frodo that if he takes one more step it would be the farthest he'd ever been from Hobbiton.

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2009, 06:10:40 AM »
Just to add a pennyworth to what’s already been said, I have a brilliant book called The Good English Guide, by Godfrey Howard, first published 1993 by Pan Macmillan, London.  Nearly all these kinds of questions are covered.  He says:

Quote:  Some authorities advise that because farther is the comparative of far, it should always be used for distance: “Is there much farther to go?”  But there is no general agreement over this, and in practice there is only one difference between the two variants to remember.  Either can be used about distance: “Rome is farther (further) from London than it is from Brussels.”  But when it comes to time, something additional, or symbolic distance, only further should be used: until further notice; a further payment on account; can we take this further?

Hope this helps.

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2009, 09:32:41 AM »
Just to add to my last post, it seems that both are correct for distance, so it's a matter of personal preference.  For your sentence, Nelodra, I'd use further, since that is how I would say it if I were talking.  How would you say it?

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2009, 09:55:27 AM »
Quite honestly, Hugh, I wouldn't know.
English is not my mother tongue, and sometimes I get confused about little things like these. I'd probably start stammering when I had to choose the correct word in just a flash.  :-[

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Re: farthest or furthest?
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2009, 11:33:37 AM »
apparently, they are interchangable. Good. I hate it when there are seperate rules for the use of words.
Gives me a blinking headache!  :'(