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    About to and going to

    Sir
    what is the difference between about to and going to (gonna) in respect to the following sentences?
    1, It is about to rain. and
    2, It is going to rain.

    or He is about to die and he is going to die.

    Question: Please teach me when to use ABOUT TO and when to use GOING TO?

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    Re: About to and going to

    If something is about to happen, it will happen in the very near future; it cannot be used with such future time markers as 'soon', 'tomorrow, etc.
    'BE+going+to' does not necessarily have that immediacy,
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Jun-2012 at 08:33. Reason: typo

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    #3

    Re: About to and going to

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul basit jadoon View Post

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    No salutation is necessary and a number of teachers here are female.


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    #4

    Re: About to and going to

    Would you please elaborate again in other words? Thank you.

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    #5

    Re: About to and going to

    Which words in my post were not clear?

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    #6

    Re: About to and going to

    He's about to die = He will die very soon (minutes/hours/a couple of days)
    He's going to die = He will die, but it could be in several months, for example, rather than minutes, though this could change according to the context. About to does not have this flexibility- it's always a short time period.

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    Re: About to and going to

    Everyone is going to die. We are not all about to die, but some of us are.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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