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    about = existence, current, prevalent

    about = in existence; current; prevalent: Chicken pox is about.

    I come across the above meaning of `about' in the dictionary.com. From that I have made few sentences, please check whether it is correct or wrong.

    Timu is about there. (I mean - Timu is existing there)

    Birdflu is about in India. (I mean - Birdflu still existing in India)

    Minu is about famous actor. [I mean - (Minu is `present/current' famous actor)]

    Please help me.

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    Re: about = existence, current, prevalent

    All the above -mentioned sentences sound odd to me. The only use of 'about' in the sense of being in existence/evidence I've encounetred is in ex.

    Rumours are about (going on/circulating)concerning his resignation / that they are getting married.
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    Re: about = existence, current, prevalent

    Timu is about there. (meaning, around; just turned three or is about to turn three)

    Birdflu is about in India. (meaning, moving here and there)

    Minu is about a famous actor. (meaning, regarding, deals with)

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    Re: about = existence, current, prevalent

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    about = in existence; current; prevalent: Chicken pox is about.

    I come across the above meaning of `about' in the dictionary.com. From that I have made few sentences, please check whether it is correct or wrong.

    Timu is about there. (I mean - Timu is existing there)

    Birdflu is about in India. (I mean - Birdflu still existing in India)

    Minu is about famous actor. [I mean - (Minu is `present/current' famous actor)]

    Please help me.
    To my mind, it's only sentence 3 that is incorrect; the other two are fine. Cf.

    Timu is about there. (= somewhere near there, or in or close to that particular area)
    Birdflu is about in India. (= a lot of people in India have it)
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    Re: about = existence, current, prevalent

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Minu is about a famous actor. (meaning, regarding, deals with)
    Clarification: If Minu is the title of a book, play, ect.

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