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Heidi
Difference between 'farthest' and 'furthest'. They are both the superlative form of far. Any difference then? Thanks!
Oct 9, 2016 1:51 PM
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They can be used interchangeably about actual physical distances, but “furthest” is often preferred when it’s about a figurative distance, for instance: “The novel explores the furthest extremes of human experience.” or “I wanted to be an actress but the furthest I ever got was selling popcorn in a theatre.” This difference in use is the same for farther vs further.
October 9, 2016
Mikkel is correct, "further/furthest" is supposed to be used for non-physical "distance". Either could be used for physical distance (I think "farther/farthest" is preferred, though). However, in everyday conversation I doubt anyone would tell you you're wrong if you used one or the other.
October 9, 2016
Heidi
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Chinese (Mandarin), English
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