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Nothing could be further from the truth.

What does it mean? Please advise.

LCChang
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Pls search Yahoo for, say:

"further from the truth" dictionary

before posting.

You will find pages such as:

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If you say that something could not be further from the truth, you are saying that what has been suggested is not true:

I'm certainly not in love with him -- nothing could be further from the truth!

Cambridge Dictionary of American English
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I think I have got it.

It is used when you want to say that something is completely untrue
Marius HancuPls search Yahoo for, say:

"further from the truth" dictionary

before posting.

You will find pages such as:

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If you say that something could not be further from the truth, you are saying that what has been suggested is not true:

I'm certainly not in love with him -- nothing could be further from the truth!

Cambridge Dictionary of American English
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If I change that to "further to the truth", will it be the same as the one above? Please advise.

LCChang
No, that doesn't have any meaning.

Further FROM the true means AWAY from the truth, thus not correct or false.
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Marius HancuNo, that doesn't have any meaning.

Further FROM the true means AWAY from the truth, thus not correct or false.
Sorry, but I am still confused.

If nothing can be further away from the the truth, I suppose it must be close the the truth. Am I right in logic?

LCChang
You're wrong.

Further from/away from mean remote/distant.
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No, you've got the meaning completely reversed.

If something is far from the truth, it is no where near it. Which means that whatever is being discussed is not the truth. A falsehood. Completely untrue.

A: So I heard you quit your job yesterday.
B: Nothing could be further from the truth (What you just said is NOT true). I'm only taking a paid vacation. I'll be back in three weeks.

To make things easier, tack on "than that" to the phrase.

Nothing could be further from the truth than that. That refers to whatever it is that you're refuting.
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Marius HancuYou're wrong.

Further from/away from mean remote/distant.

I can't thank you too much. = I thank you very much.

Same expression, I guess. That's all I can realize. Please advise.

LCChang
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