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Grammar help!

I'm writing an article, and usually I don't have much trouble...but Word just keeps telling me to fix once sentence! Their fixes make no sense, though!

My sentence: For example, a $1,000 deductible must be met before the insurance company pays for a hospital visit. Or a $250 deductible used before prescription medications are paid for by insurance.

Word says I should have "Or a $250 deductible used before prescription medications is paid for by insurance"
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"Or $250 deductibles used before prescription medications are paid for by insurance."

The first one doesn't make any sense, because "medications is" is wrong (or at least I think so!), and should be "medications ARE"
The second one is wrong, because "Or $250 deductibles used" is wrong because it should not be plural... right?

Feh! I hate English!
Or maybe I just hate this job... haven't decided which yet LOL
 

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I just tried using a comma, which Word seemed to approve of. Still looks wrong to me though...

Or $250 deductibles used before prescription medications are paid for, by insurance.

I think the comma is wrong because ....well, it just seems wrong. SIGH!
 

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The problem is that "Or a $250 deductible used before prescription medications are paid for by insurance" is not a full sentence.

Try: "Alternatively, a $250 deductible must be met before prescription medications are paid for by insurance."
 

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In your sentence you say: .... a $250 deductible.....
This is singular so your verb should be "is", not "are".
 

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Susan - Yeah, that could work. I was trying to avoid using "must be met" twice so close together.

swimkris - Ohhh, the 'and' works.

Thanks guys!
 
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