individual vs person :

individual or 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.

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  • n  a human being
  • n  a single organism
  • a  being or characteristic of a single thing or person
    individual drops of rain
    please mark the individual pages
    they went their individual ways
  • s  separate and distinct from others of the same kind
    mark the individual pages
  • s  characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing
    an individual serving
  • s  concerning one person exclusively
    we all have individual cars

  • n  a human being
    there was too much for one person to do
  • n  a human body (usually including the clothing)
    a weapon was hidden on his person
  • 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
    stop talking about yourself in the third person
News & Articles

  • Individual in custody after standoff with police
    ANDOVER — An individual holed up in his home on Woburn Street after becoming aggressive to case workers is in custody. Police had closed off a section of Woburn Street as they negotiated with the man who was refusing to come out of his home there aft
    June 14, 2013 - The Eagle-Tribune
  • Individual arrested in Putnam faces federal judge today
    An individual arrested by federal agents in Putnam today will face a U.S District judge in Hartford this afternoon, officials said.
    June 13, 2013 - The Norwich Bulletin
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    June 12, 2013 - PRWeb