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an attack of influenza #1 (permalink) Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:58 am   an attack of influenza
 

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ESL/EFL Test #183 "Pablo Picasso: expressions describing the Picasso's life", question 4

Picasso died of heart failure during an ......... of influenza in 1973.

(a) attack
(b) assault
(c) offence
(d) assail

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #183 "Pablo Picasso: expressions describing the Picasso's life", answer 4

Picasso died of heart failure during an attack of influenza in 1973.

Correct answer: (a) attack

Your answer was: incorrect
Picasso died of heart failure during an assault of influenza in 1973.
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What is the difference between "attack" and "assault"?

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an attack of influenza #2 (permalink) Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:13 am   an attack of influenza
 

I guess "assault" involves violence or blodshed.
Like, the mugger assaulted me in the alleyway, or she was sexually assaulted.

When talking about illnesses people prefer the less violent term "attack", as in "he suffered a heart attack".
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