Although the two can just about be used interchangeably, farther should only be used for physical distances (think of its root word “far”): “My house is farther from school than yours.” Further refers to additional and also non-physical distance: “Further studies show the importance of studying grammar.”/ “Do you wish to further our conversation tomorrow?”  If you are unsure which to use, go with further because farther has a more limited usage.

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