Interested in Language
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?
Last edited by krisfromgermany; 17-Jun-2016 at 01:55.
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.