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Choosing the Proper Word

I have a confession to make. As much as I harp about people learning the difference grammar bookbetween here and hear, where and were, advice and advise, etc. there are some words that I can’t seem to keep straight.

My usual solution, if I can’t think how to spell a word or which word to use, is to just turn the sentence around and use a completely different word. But sometimes that’s difficult.

It’s always been easy to remember that a person could further their cause or further their education. But when I wanted to say someplace was farther from here than it was from there, I could never remember… is it farther or further.

That’s why I was tickled when I learned a simple trick to help me decide if I should say “further” or “farther.”

Further refers to a degree or an abstract quality; farther involves space or physical distance. The easiest way to remember which word to use is to think: “FAR” (as in “farther”) is for distance or space. If distance isn’t involved, use “further.”

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Bob Crane
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Good point Marte, I think that I have been using the correct word.

Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope that you and your loved ones have a very special weekend!

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Nov 26, 2016 10:25 PM #1
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Sheila Anderson
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Good evening Mary. I would have gotten this wrong. Thanks for the lessons.

Nov 27, 2016 04:23 AM #2
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Marte Cliff  I love these lessons and I'm not always 100% on your quizes!!!

Nov 27, 2016 04:31 AM #3
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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Good morning Marte,

Even though the English class was the most hated of all; hopefully there are not too many mistakes when I write.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 27, 2016 05:40 AM #4
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Thank you for the grammar lesson for this morning, Marte Cliff. Now let's see if I can put this to use today!

Nov 27, 2016 06:02 AM #5
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Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
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Thank you Marte Cliff For furthering my education. Now maybe I can go farther.

Bill Roberts

Nov 27, 2016 09:56 AM #6
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Marte - I get that one confused too, but at least it's one that's a bit obscure and doesn't scream WRONG at you if you miss it.

Nov 27, 2016 02:11 PM #7
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Debbie Laity
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Ha...that is a great way to remember the difference. Thanks for sharing this tip, Marte. 

Are you guys up to your elbows in snow yet? It's been snowing here off and on all day. Nothing is sticking to the ground, though. 

Nov 27, 2016 04:10 PM #8
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Marte Cliff - A great way to remember when to use "farther" as in distance - "far" away, anything else use further. Great grammar check-up!  

Nov 28, 2016 05:17 PM #9
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Marte- I need to keep a cheet sheet on my phone.  Like you, I often find another word when I'm not sure which is correct.  (impact for affect or effect)

Dec 09, 2016 10:15 AM #10
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