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Review: Diction, Answer 5.2

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Question:
The government will slash spending by three billion dollars.
Answer:
The answer inappropriate is correct.
Explanation:
Slash spending is an especially low-grade journalistic catchphrase (the worst of them alliterate). The word slash has a strongly negative connotation, while formal writing should keep a neutral tone. The verb reduce would be a better choice in this case.
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