A pre-engagement ring (also known as a promise ring) is a ring given to a romantic partner to signify a commitment to a monogamous relationship, often as a precursor to an engagement ring. Promise rings can be worn on any finger, but those symbolizing pre-engagement are generally worn on the left ring finger; sometimes, the left middle finger or right ring finger is used instead to prevent confusion with an actual engagement ring. Promise rings are typically given by teenagers who are too young to be legally married or adults who for some reason can't get married in the near future, such as gay and lesbian couples or those who have a partner deployed in the armed forces.
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