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Do these two sentences need to be hyphenated? It seems to me that "ever" doesn't really act as an adjective to "car," but I could be wrong.

"That was my first-ever car."

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"She's the second-best writer I know."

My research show both the "first ever" and "first-ever," but it doesn't say if it's style. If anyone is more familiar with hyphens, I would like this to get claraffied.

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I've seen both "first-ever" and "first ever" used, but I believe the latter is more common (or you could always say "my first car ever" and get around using it). Second-best is usually hyphenated when used as an adjective.

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