"Once upon a time" is a stock phrase that has been used in some form since at least 1380 in storytelling in the English language and has opened many oral narratives since 1600. These stories often then end with "and they all lived happily ever after," or, originally, "happily until their deaths." These are examples of the narrative form and occur most frequently in the narratives produced for children aged between 6 and 8. The phrase is particularly relevant in fairy tales for younger children, where it is almost always the opening line of a tale. It was commonly used in the original translations of the stories of Charles Perrault as a translation for the French "il était une fois", of Hans Christian Andersen as a translation for the Danish "der var engang", and the Brothers Grimm as a translation for the German "es war einmal". The phrase is also frequently used in such oral stories as retellings of myths, fables, and folklore. It is used almost always in past tense sentences.
Synonyms and antonyms of once upon a time in the English dictionary of synonyms
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Translation of «once upon a time» into 25 languages
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ONCE UPON A TIME» OVER TIME
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about once upon a time
8 QUOTES WITH «ONCE UPON A TIME»
Famous quotes and sentences with the word once upon a time.
John D. Barrow
There was no 'before' the beginning of our universe, because once upon a time there was no time.
Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm.
Anton du Beke
Ballroom dancing: it's a wonderful thing at so many levels because you've got to follow the rules. They used to call those rules etiquette once upon a time, but you don't really have that any more.
Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.
So I've tried to be this very eccentric character, and that works very well if you want to be a painter which I did once upon a time, if you want to be a musician which I did once upon a time. But if you want to make movies and you want to make challenging movies, you've got to be the sanest person in the room.
Once upon a time the world was sweeter than we knew. Everything was ours; how happy we were then, but then once upon a time never comes again.
Once upon a time there was a Queen who had a son so ugly and so misshapen that it was long disputed whether he had human form. A fairy who was at his birth said, however, that he would be very amiable for all that, since he would have uncommon good sense.
Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. The elder was so much like her, both in looks and character, that whoever saw the daughter saw the mother.
10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ONCE UPON A TIME»
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Once Upon a Time
A small boy describes an uneventful day while around him all manner of dramas are taking place with a host of fairytale & nursery characters. 2-5 yrs.
Reawakened: AOnceUponaTime Tale
Emma Swan’s life has been anything but a fairy tale.
Odette Beane, 2013
OnceUponaTime in the North [With Peril of the Pole Board ...
In a time before Lyra Silvertongue was born, the tough American balloonist Lee Scoresby and the great armoured bear Iorek Byrnison meet when Lee and his hare daemon Hester crash-land their trading balloon onto a port in the far Arctic North ...
Philip Pullman, 2008
Relates briefly the lives and deeds of nineteen saints including Germaine, Swithin, Clement, and Bridgid.
Ethel Pochocki, 1996
OnceUponaTime, There Was You
BONUS: This edition contains a Once Upon a Time, There Was You discussion guide.
Elizabeth Berg, 2011
Once Upon a Time Machine
Fairy tales have fueled our dreams and fired our imaginations for centuries.
Lee Nordling, 2012
OnceUponaTime in Italy: The Westerns of Sergio Leone
An illustrated exploration of the mid-twentieth-century filmmaker's "spaghetti westerns" considers his role in defining the genre, his visual style and elliptical storytelling methods, and his creation of such works as A Fistful of Dollars ...
Christopher Frayling, 2005
The author describes her childhood in Ireland, her life in the United States, and her work routines
Eve Bunting, John Pezaris, 1995
OnceUponaTime: A True Story
The celebrity artist and designer recreates the glamour and terror of her childhood when she became a legend as the "poor little rich girl" during a notorious custody trial and vividly depicting the adults who loved and battled over her
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1986
Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects from OnceUponaTime • ...
Learn toy-making tips to give your creation personal style and a sweet disposition. Author Jill Hamor gives ideas for involving children in the process to teach them basic sewing skills.
Jill Hamor, 2012
10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ONCE UPON A TIME»
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'Once Upon a Time,' 'Originals,' more fresh TV spoilers. How are the Charmings dealing with Emma going dark on Once Upon a Time? — Luis «Entertainment Weekly, Jul 15»
'Once Upon a Time' Spoilers: Charming Has Hot New 'Bromance …
Poor Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). They just can't catch a break on "Once Upon a Time" -- but at least ... «Moviefone, Jul 15»
Once Upon A Time
Tomorrow, 25th July 2015, marks 50 years since Bob Dylan 'went electric' at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Dylan made history when he ... «Genesis Publications, Jul 15»
'Once Upon A Time' Season 5 Spoilers: What Is Next For Hook And …
Once Upon a Time Season 5 will bring the dark side out of Emma Swan. The cast is currently filming episodes for the new season, and some ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»
'Once Upon a Time' Interview: Lana Parrilla on Regina Becoming …
Emma is going to become the Dark Swan in Once Upon a Time season 5 - and that's because she stepped in in the season 4 finale to save ... «BuddyTV, Jul 15»
'Once Upon A Time' Season 5 Spoilers: First Glimpse Of King Arthur …
(Photo : Facebook/"Once Upon a Time" Official Page) "Once Upon a Time" season 5 behind-the-scenes pics reveal a first glimpse of King ... «Fashion & Style, Jul 15»
Everything We Know About 'Once Upon a Time' Season 5
Over four seasons, Once Upon a Time has introduced quite a few fairy tale villains for Emma Swan to battle. Good always managed to prevail ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
Keegan Connor Tracy and Emilie de Ravin Snap a Magical 'Once …
It seems that things are getting pretty magical on the set of Once Upon a Time. Keegan Connor Tracy, who plays the Blue Fairy/Mother Superior ... «WhoSay, Jul 15»
'Once Upon a Time' Update: Merida is NOT Rumple's Mother
“Brave's” Merida is coming to “Once Upon a Time” and some “OUAT” fans are under the impression that Merida is Rumple's long-lost mother. «Movie News Guide, Jul 15»
'Once Upon a Time' alum Georgina Haig signs up for new Syfy series
Elsa - For all of those who watched this past season of “Once Upon a Time,” you know Georgina Haig very well for playing the part of Elsa. «CarterMatt.com, Jul 15»
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