I want to live a worry free life.

Does this make sense? I use this phrase a lot, but I am not sure if this is grammatically correct.


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    Would it be better to say "I want to live without worry"? What you say makes sense (I can understand it), but why repeat the 'life' concept? You've already said it with "live". – JEL Dec 15 '15 at 7:27
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    Nah, it's fine as is. Quit worrying about it. – candied_orange Dec 15 '15 at 7:52
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    You might consider adding a hyphen to worry-free to make it more obviously a compound adjective. – Sven Yargs Dec 15 '15 at 8:48

It makes perfect sense.

worry free is a phrase that has increasing usage in the last couple of decades .

I might have typed it "worry-free", but that'd be a matter of taste.

Perhaps it appeals to our sense of "making sense" because it is so similar to the actual word "carefree". As far as I know, worryfree is not a word, though.

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    I'm not sure the hyphenation is a matter of taste. Fowler says that compound attributive adjectives should be hyphenated unless the first part is an adverb ending in -ly. – chiastic-security Dec 15 '15 at 7:39
  • Nice one - I didn't know that! – GreenAsJade Dec 15 '15 at 7:39
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    @chiastic-security Hyphenation is a matter of punctuation, which is a matter of style. Pick your manual of style. Fowler says compound attributive adjectives should be hyphenated unless the first part is an adverb ending in -ly? And we should listen to Fowler, why? The Chicago Manual of Style recommends four exceptions to that rule. Why shouldn't we listen to CMS instead? Many of Fowler's "rules" merely enshrined his prejudices. – deadrat Dec 15 '15 at 8:20

Even though it makes sense (grammatically correct, too) and doesn't have difficulty in getting the message across, I would hesitate to use live a worry-free life as it doesn't sound as idiomatic as live a happy life.

I would suggest using live free from worry as it is more idiomatic and the linked Ngram Viewer doesn't show any usage of live a worry-free (worry free) life.

As JEL commented above, it would be even better and more idiomatic to say I want to live without worry. [Ngram Viewer]

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