before, prior to

 There is no difference between these two except length and a certain inescapable affectedness on the part of prior to. To paraphrase Theodore Bernstein, if you would use "posterior to" instead of "after," then by all means use "prior to" instead of "before."

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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