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I'm having a debate with a colleague about whether a comma is needed in this phrase. I think it reads odd without a comma. From my understanding, 'further' is an adverb in this phrase, and 'faster' is an adjective. I know that adverbs can modify adjectives (in which case a comma would not be needed), but I think the meaning is lost if you don't have a comma in this phrase.

If anyone can clarify this for me, I'd appreciate it!

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    What do you intend to say? That you can further and faster, or that you can go further in a faster manner?
    – Davo
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 11:35
  • That you can go further in a faster manner.
    – Shiro
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 11:36
  • "Faster" is an adverb, too.
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:10
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    Without a comma, faster could modify further; with a comma, it would modify go. The better options would be: "Go further and faster" and "Go further, go faster".
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:12

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It needs a comma.

The word with only affects the immediately former word. And so;

Go further faster with

infers that "further faster" is a normative term in some context. I doubt it is.

The phrase reads unnaturally; as if it should be a list of verbs. And is frustratingly vague without it being a sentence as with should also be attached with a proceeding word.

Go further, faster with stimulants?

In this case further and faster become questionably comparatively different. (Oh no! Did I miss a comma there? Or maybe the word "and") And that is my other point.

It would work without a comma only in absence of "with" if it were:

Go further faster

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  • I have to disagree with at least your last point here. Looking at this phrase through the lens of advertising rhetoric, "GO FURTHER FASTER, WITH [the all-new Yugo/organized crime software/our employee underpayment strategy]" (whether faster is italicized or not), conveys more clearly what the author would want a reader to intuitively receive: 1. Concise statement to trigger an emotional engagement—in clever alliteration, comma (a new but related idea is coming next), 2. Insinuation that product X is the key to gratifying the triggered desire. Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 18:30

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