particular to, peculiar to
Particular to is non–standard usage.
The phrase peculiar to indicates a unique or special characteristic possessed by a person or found in a place or thing, and has nothing to do with peculiar in the sense of “strange.”
- Some plant species are peculiar (not particular) to the Prairies; they are found nowhere else in Canada.
- Acne is peculiar (not particular) to adolescents and adults in their early twenties.
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