Existing or Pre-existing?
Suppose you’ve had diabetes for three years, and you want to switch to another health insurance policy. Do you have an “existing condition” or a “pre-existing” condition?
They’re the same thing.
I hate pre-anything. Well, most of the time. You can make a case for “preview” and “pre-publication” and similar words and expressions.
But yesterday – I am not making this up – I heard someone on the radio say she was “pre-preparing” for an event.
And of course there’s pre-plan, pre-register, pre-arrange. What, pray tell, is the difference between registering for an event and “pre-registering” for it?
I’m going to have a nervous breakdown this election season from hearing “pre-existing” thousands of times on news shows about the candidates.
I have two requests for you: Be ruthless about eliminating “pre” from your conversation, and make sure you’re ready to vote in November.
Today’s Quiz ANSWER
Today’s sentence is incorrect. Use a comma (not a period) when a sentence begins with an extra idea:
Although the movie was too long, I’d like to see it again. CORRECT
To learn three easy comma rules, click here.