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    Default beautifully-spoken

    "Essex Bloke MacFadyen isn't remotely a match for Knightley's enchanting, intelligent and - as befits a well-bred young woman of her time - beautifully-spoken Elizabeth."

    The above segment is taken from a movie review, and it refers to the actor and actress playing the leading roles.

    I think "beautifully-spoken" here means she speaks beautifully. If so, why do we say " a soft-spoken man" and not "a softly-spoken man" ?

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    'soft-spoken' is a fixed adjective (it's one word), whereas 'beautifully spoken' is not. The hyphen is not required.

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    Thanks, Casiopea. God bless you!
    Last edited by nonEnglish; 19-Sep-2005 at 05:05.

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