Further vs Farther - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

The two words "farther" and "further" are a pair of words that is often used interchangeably to talk about distances. However, not many know that there is actually a slight difference between the two. "Farther" is used for physical distances. So we would use it in this example: "Tokyo is farther away than Beijing". When using "further" we talk about non-physical, figurative distances, for example "I'm falling further away from my goals". As you can see, the two words have slighty different usages. However, in spoken English the two words are often used interchangeably without a difference. However, if you are keen to use them properly, you should stick to the rules mentioned above.


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The future tense is very complex and can lend itself for a lot of confusion! It involves seven different forms, including some from the present tense. The engage and activate teaching techniques will be very important to help students understand. Visual aids such as calendars and planners will be very useful. In addition to the various forms of usage, the contractions may pose another area of difficulty. When teaching the future tense it will be very important to maximize student talking and speaking time, and allow them to practice by speaking.