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When writing an essay or writing for an exam or even speaking paraphrasing(or at least using synonyms) is important, isn't it?

I don't remember exactly but it seems like I heard 'male/female' is not a good word choice in a particular situation. Is what I heard correct?
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moon7296When writing an essay or writing for an exam or even speaking paraphrasing(or at least using synonyms) is important, isn't it?
The ability to use synonyms is at least somewhat important, of course, but not nearly as important as being able to express your ideas in a clear and organized way in grammatical English.

moon7296I heard 'male/female' is not a good word choice in a particular situation.
It depends on the particular situation you have in mind. If you're sexing hummingbirds as part of a project for an ornithological society, these are probably the most appropriate words you could use. If you refer to Romeo as 'the male' and Juliet as 'the female' thoughout your essay on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, you will probably be considered a rather eccentric writer.

CJ
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I am sure that male/female is a poor choice in many situations, as are the other pairs you mention. Here are some:

When a male and female fall in love, they often get married in church.

Then the boy ostrich performs an elaborate dance before the girl ostrich.

In Illinois, a 12-year-old man is allowed to drive a tractor.