watch TV five minutes 'further'. [correct?]

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  1. stephenlearner Senior Member


    Is further used correctly in these sentences?

    Son: Daddy, can I watch TV five minutes further.
    Dad: Don't watch TV any further. You have watched enough today. Tomorrow you can watch it.

    Thank you.
  2. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    I've never heard "further" used this way; we'd say either longer or more.

    British usage may be different; I don't know.
  3. stephenlearner Senior Member

    Thank you very much.

    My American Heritage Dictionary gives this:
    further: (3) At or to a more distant or advanced point:
    went only three miles further; reading five pages further tonight.

    I think watching TV five minutes further is similar to reading five pages further. Do you think so?
  4. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    We might use further for a journey -- along a road or through a book -- but not through time, at least in this instance. We might, however, say, "He waited a further five minutes before finally leaving."

    Having said that about a book, I wouldn't say "I'm reading five pages further before going to bed."
  5. stephenlearner Senior Member

    Ok. Thank you for the explanation.
  6. Saluton Banned

    Moscow, Russia
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I suppose the best option for the context would be can I watch TV for another five minutes?
  7. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    The most normal option for me would be "Can I watch TV for five more minutes ... please?" :) But "Can I watch TV for another five minutes" is also fine.
  8. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I wouldn't use 'further' in this particular situation, because it is quite clear that 'Son' wants to spend at least another five minutes watching TV.
    But I might perhaps use 'further' when suggesting that someone looking at recorded video, or any medium that allowed the user to fast forward.
    "In Bob's latest movie you can see the yellow cow just after Bob eats the red frog. It appears again five minutes further on."
  9. stephenlearner Senior Member

    Thank you.

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