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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. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica 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. – Tᴚoɯɐuo 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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