# Connected $T_2$ space with essentially no connected subspaces

Is there a connected $T_2$ space $(X,\tau)$ with more than one point, such that the singletons and $X$ are the only connected subspaces of $X$?

There is no such space. For if $x$ is any point and $X\setminus \{x\}=U|V$ then $\{x\}\cup U$ and $\{x\}\cup V$ are connected sets, each with more than one point and different from $X$.
• What is $X\setminus \{x\}=U|V$? – Mad Hatter Nov 14 '17 at 7:33
• Assuming $X\setminus \{x\}$ is not connected (otherwise the space fails to have the desired property), it is equal to the union of two disjoint nonempty open sets $U$ and $V$. – D.S. Lipham Nov 14 '17 at 7:35
• A standard notation for disjoint unions is $U\sqcup V$ ($\backslash$sqcup) – YCor Nov 14 '17 at 10:59
• @erz If $U\cup\{x\}$ is not connected, write it as $W\sqcup Y$ with $x\in Y$, $W,Y$ both nonempty and closed in $U\cup\{x\}$. Then $X=W\sqcup (Y\cup V)$ and both are closed and nonempty. – YCor Nov 14 '17 at 11:01