'Before' is a more general word. It can be used to describe things, irrelevant or relevant, that happen before the subjected time. 'Prior to' means that whatever happened before the subjected time frame is very relevant to the event or conversation. Example: "Before I took the test, I ate." "Prior to taking the test, I studied hard for it."
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