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    the individual

    When reading online news I sometimes come across the term 'the individual' referring to 'the person' or 'the human being', especially when it comes to crime reports.
    For example: 'Five individuals were arrested but released later.'
    Is it proper to use that term also for non-criminals?
    And it seems to me that 'the individual' is more common in American English than in British English, am i right?
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    Re: the individual

    They do seem to use that term more often in crime stories. (Otherwise you would say: five people.) Yes, you can say "individual" in other instances too.

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