individual vs person : Common Errors in English

About individual vs person

Law-enforcement officers often use “individual” as a simple synonym for"person” when they don’t particularly mean to stress individuality: “Ipursued the individual who had fired the weapon at me for three blocks.”This sort of use of “individual” lends an oddly formal air to yourwriting. When “person” works as well, use it.

individual Meaning(s)

  • (n) a human being
  • (n) a single organism
  • (a) being or characteristic of a single thing or person
  • (s) separate and distinct from others of the same kind
  • (s) characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing
  • (s) concerning one person exclusively

person Meaning(s)

  • (n) a human being
  • (n) a human body (usually including the clothing)
  • (n) a grammatical category used in the classification of pronouns, possessive determiners, and verb forms according to whether they indicate the speaker, the addressee, or a third party

individual in News

  1. GuidedChoiceIRA? New Managed Individual Retirement Account for Everyone

    First of its kind IRA offers individual investors access to industry-leading advice, low cost institutional funds and affordable ongoing professional management (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Individual, business to be honored for human resource programs

    One organization and one individual will be honored on Tuesday, June 18 for exception achievements in human resource programs.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Observer-Dispatch

  3. Catching individual molecules in a million with optical antennas inside nano-boxes

    Detecting one individual biomolecule amongst millions of other neighboring molecules has been technically impossible until now. Scientists have now devised the smallest optical device capable of detecting and sensing individual biomolecules at concentrations that are similar to those found in the cellular context.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Science Daily

person in News

  1. Person killed, another wounded in Kennedy Hts.

    One person was killed and another wounded in a Kennedy Heights shooting. 
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WLWT-TV Cincinnati

  2. Person of interest in double murder arrested in Indiana

    A person of interest in a double murder in Flint has been arrested - in Indiana.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC12 Mid-Michigan

  3. Person shot in the back in east Charlotte

    A person was shot in the back in east Charlotte early Wednesday. Police said the shooting happened just before 2 a.m. at Four Seasons and Farm Pond lanes. Officers said the person was shot in front of the Forest Hills apartments. Police do not have any suspects at this time.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WSOC-TV Charlotte

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