a first-ever nationwide revolt vs a first nationwide revolt

  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    They should both mean pretty much the same thing, Thuhoai. Using "first-ever" sounds more emphatic. It emphasizes the idea that this is the first time that it has ever happened. "First" by itself really means the same thing, though.


    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I agree with Owlman about "first-ever", and it's what I'd use in that situation.

    Just plain "first" could sound as if there are other revolts in store: This is the first nationwide revolt; another is scheduled for next month.