"Farther" vs. "Further" vs. "Furthermore" — Which to Choose When

Published on 07 Dec, 2016

These three words can confuse any person about their usage.

Farther and further are closely related to each other.

As a general rule of thumb, farther refers to the actual physical distance, whereas further undefined figurative distance.

  • Josh has to walk farther than Tom to get to the mall.

The sentence describes the physical distance Josh has to walk to reach the mall, thus the usage of farther.

  • Let’s not discuss this issue any further.

Here we are talking about the length of a discussion, which can be considered a figurative distance. Therefore, we use further in the sentence.

Furthermore is a synonym for moreover, in addition, and the like. Generally, furthermore is used to introduce a new argument and placed at the start of a sentence.

We tend to confuse the usage of further and furthermore, and end up using them interchangeably. This is an error. Let us look at a few examples.

  • Further, I wish to talk about the company in detail.        

  • Furthermore, I wish to talk about the company in detail.           


  • Mr. Cook has expertise in financial planning and analysis. Furthermore, he is adept at strategy and modeling.