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    Is the phrase "to be about" often used to mean to have a tendency to do something as in:

    1)I'm going to be continuing to be better about working out. (to work out more often and regularly) OK?

    2)He's always been good about coming to work in time. (He usually come to work in time) OK?

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    Default Re: good about and better about

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is the phrase "to be about" often used to mean to have a tendency to do something as in:

    1)I'm going to be continuing to be better about working out. (to work out more often and regularly) OK?

    2)He's always been good about coming to work in time. (He usually come to work in time) OK?
    You're asking about "to be good/better about", not "to be about", which is a different phrase.
    I wouldn't use it in those contexts. If someone is good to you, you could use it:
    "My boss is always good about me taking leave when my daughter is sick."
    It's rather informal.

    "To be better about" would be rare. "My new boss is better about me taking leave than my old boss was." This is possible.

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    No. By no means was I talking about "to be good to". I was talking about "to be good/better about" to mean a tendency. I've looked it up in a dictionary "c : having a tendency to do something — + about ▪ He's good about writing everything down." I'm trying to be better about exercising." Getting back to my question, is it often used in this meaning?

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    Default Re: good about and better about

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    No. By no means was I talking about "to be good to".
    I know that. I didn't think you were.

    I was talking about "to be good/better about" to mean a tendency. I've looked it up in a dictionary "c : having a tendency to do something — + about ▪ He's good about writing everything down." I'm trying to be better about exercising." Getting back to my question, is it often used in this meaning?
    I read and answered the question you asked.
    I wouldn't use "to be good/better about" to mean a tendency, as I said. I would use it in the contexts I gave - that is, when someone is "good to you about something."
    If you found it in a dictionary, it's probably used that way somewhere. To me, it's not common.

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    Appreciative for your advice.

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