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What is the difference between "prompt" and "introduce" when the object is "bill," i.e., a piece of legislation?

John prompted/introduced the bill in 2018.

I'd appreciate your help.

  • Both are fine, but they mean different things. What are you trying to express? – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Nov 9 '19 at 14:10
  • If a person prompts a bill, does he support it after someone else introduces it? – Apollyon Nov 10 '19 at 3:21
  • Maybe, but not necessarily. It depends entirely on the situation—if the so-called prompting was conscious or deliberate and if the person wants to support it after the fact or not. But I don't see how that's a question about English. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Nov 10 '19 at 4:19
  • Many people say "prompt" is wrong; they'd use "promote" or "sponsor." – Apollyon Nov 10 '19 at 4:43
  • (1) My illness prompted my friends and family members to donate to research. (2) The climate crisis prompted senators to discuss an environmental bill. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Nov 10 '19 at 6:21
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Generally, an event or some new information prompts something, for example in this Guardian article:

This has prompted concerns that humans might be contaminated by the chemicals used in plastics or the pathogens that ride on the particles.

A person or organisation would introduce something, for example this Lonely Planet article:

Australian carrier Tigerair has introduced a raft of new digital improvements

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Prompted (Prompt)

This would be the initiator to start drafting the bill. (Something that happened that raised the idea that a bill was needed to get a law in place)

Introduced (Introduction)

This would be tabling the bill/motion in parliament (or other legislative body) to get it passed into law.

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