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before his selection/ for a further(or farther) two months 1. George has dreamed of becoming an astronaut since he saw the movie “Apollo 13”. But he didn’t make it because he had a car accident the week before his selection. -Is the paragraph correct? What does the selection here mean? 2. We intend to stay here for a further two months. -Can the word "further" be replaced with "farther" here? The Oxford Dictionary says: (comparative of far) at or to a greater distance in space or TIME, so does the TIME mean that it's OK to put farther in my sentence? See it here: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/farther_1?q=farther
Jan 20, 2016 5:57 AM
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1. I take it to mean his selection as an astronaut, which presumably was in process at the time of the accident. 2. "Farther" would be unusual, let's say, in this context, although not actually wrong. Some people like to use "farther" specifically for distance and "further" for time and figurative situations. But "further" is always acceptable for both uses, and is the safe choice in any context.
January 20, 2016
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