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    #1

    prepare to live

    The doctors told me this was an incurable disease, and that I should prepare to live no longer than three to six months.

    Is this underlined "prepare" a correct collocation in this sentence?


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    #2

    Re: prepare to live

    It's acceptable.

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    #3

    Re: prepare to live

    "Expect" might be preferable, but I agree "prepare" is OK. They have slightly different connotations. If a patient is told he will live for another six months, he expects to live six months, and hence he can prepare to live for six months.
    Of course, patients react quite differently to news like this, and he might neither expect nor prepare to die soon.

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    Re: prepare to live

    I would expect to hear "prepare" used in conjunction with death, not life and I don't think "prepare" is always the right word.

    He has a terminal illness. His family have been told to prepare themselves for his imminent death.
    I have a terminal illness and my doctors have told me that I can expect to die within the next six months.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: prepare to live

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would expect to hear "prepare" used in conjunction with death, not life and I don't think "prepare" is always the right word.

    He has a terminal illness. His family have been told to prepare themselves for his imminent death.
    I have a terminal illness and my doctors have told me that I can expect to die within the next six months.
    "Prepare to live another 6 months" is a nicer way of saying "prepare to die in 6 months."

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    #6

    Re: prepare to live

    Prepare myself sounds better to me.

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    #7

    Re: prepare to live

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Prepare to live another 6 months" is a nicer way of saying "prepare to die in 6 months."
    I understand a common euphemism in these circumstances is 'Put your effects in order'.

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    Re: prepare to live

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I understand a common euphemism in these circumstances is 'Put your effects in order'.

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    Or "Put your affairs in order".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: prepare to live

    Yes, 'affairs' is better.

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