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It is a mathematical paper. There are many terms in a series, and the 2nd term is special and has to be treated specially.

How to phrase it?

'to treat the 2nd term individually'?

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    This is a perfectly grammatical and idiomatic phrase in English. Without further context, it is not possible to say anything more about it. Jun 30 '17 at 7:38
  • Your first phrasing (treated specially) does not need rephrasing. It is better than individually. We can treat every item individually and yet treat them all in the same manner. Jun 30 '17 at 14:08
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Your phrase 'to treat the 2nd term individually' is perfectly grammatical and natural. You can also say:

  • 'to treat the 2nd term in a special way'

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