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Please call to make an appointment prior to your visit, and quote "Healthcare Screening Promo".



I am not sure what this means. Does it mean you need to say exactly these three words or some kind of promo code to the receptionist to get a discount, folks?



I think Demonic_Duck's answer is misleading.


What the original sentence means is that when you make an appointment, you should let them know why you are making the appointment. Usually if you make an appointment (at the doctor's surgery, presumably), you just fix a time without specifying what the purpose of the appointment is. However, this sentence is asking you to disclose the reason for your appointment, and you do this by saying that it is for the "Healthcare Screening Promo", but whether you use these exact words or not is immaterial.

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I am not a native speaker and in no position to judge which answer is correct but personally I think Duck has a point.


Basically the advert is for promotion and from the context it is certain that to get the discount the promotion offers, you need to follow the instruction, i.e. quote those three words. A very common form of promotional campaign it seems. 

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Well, you are of course free to believe whoever you like. We are all, after all, just strangers on the internet and there's no way to verify anyone else's credentials.


I am only giving here my personal opinion, but as a native speaker of English, it seems clear to me that the sentence you quoted means that one should clarify that the purpose of making the appointment is related to the "Healthcare Screening Promo", and not necessary that exactly that phrase must be used in order to qualify for it.

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Found something that might be relevant: http://www.mashreqbank.com/qatar/en/businessprivileges/index.aspx


25% off at Office Center on Office Furniture


Office Center was established in 2004. Offer is extended to all types of Office Furniture and Equipments.


Must mention Mashreq Business Platinum program (Mashreq Business Privileges) when entering the outlet. Not valid in conjunction with other offers/promotions. Customer must pay with their Business Platinum credit cards


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I'd still say the meaning of the sentence is that you should quote those exact words, in order to take advantage of the promotion.


I mean, I'm sure if you called and said "I'm calling about the promo", "I saw one of your adverts which said [blah]", "I'd like to make an appointment and take advantage of your promotion" etc. they'd allow it, but I think the literal meaning is that you should say those exact words.

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