Fairy(-)tale(-)like / fairytale

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Hard-beat, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Hard-beat Senior Member


    If any, where should there be spaces, where hyphens, and why?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. St. Nick Senior Member


    It's written like this: fairytale-like

    "Fairytale" is one word (thank God), and by connecting "like" with a hyphen, a compound adjective has been created.
  3. Sharifa345

    Sharifa345 Senior Member

    US English, DR Spanish
    Super good explaining
  4. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    Fairytale as one word seems to be AE.

    For BE, it is two words. WR dictionary (Concise Oxford), fairy tale:▶noun a fairy story. ■ [as modifier] typical of a fairy story; magical or idealized: a fairy-tale romance.

    So fairytale-like would be fine in AE, but for BE, considering the "fairy-tale romance" examples above, the form would seem to be fairy-tale-like. Another option might be to leave fairy tale as two words and connect like with an en dash:fairy tale–like.


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