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    Supposed to or about to

    be supposed to/be about to
    which one of above-mentioned phrasal verbs is more suitable and formal for stating future plan?
    for example " I am supposed to attend a meeting next month" I am about to attend a meeting or conference next month" which one is better ? or is there anything wrong with those sentences?
    I have seen these two verbs using in past tense.

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    re: Supposed to or about to

    Those two sentences have different meanings.

    "I'm supposed to go to the meeting" means that I have some kind of obligation to go, it's part of my job duties to attend meetings, I told someone before that I was going to go, other people expect me to go.

    "I'm about to" means that I'm going to do something very soon, in fact it's so soon that saying "I'm about to do something next month/next week/tomorrow" sounds too strange. When I say "I'm about to go," it means I'm getting ready to walk out the door within a couple minutes or I'm already on my way out the door. It's immediate and will happen within moments.

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    re: Supposed to or about to

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    be supposed to/be about to
    which one of above-mentioned phrasal verbs is more suitable and formal for stating future plan?
    for example " I am supposed to attend a meeting next month" I am about to attend a meeting or conference next month" which one is better ? or is there anything wrong with those sentences?
    I have seen these two verbs using in past tense.
    They do not have the same meaning. "I am supposed to" means that I am required to. "I am about to attend" means that I will attend in the near future.

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    re: Supposed to or about to

    thanks.then I better use "be about to" according to my letter.

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    re: Supposed to or about to

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Thanks.Then I'd better use "be about to" according to my letter.
    No. Read FreeToyInside's post carefully.

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    re: Supposed to or about to

    yes right. according to my situation I should use "be about to". thanks to all.

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    re: Supposed to or about to

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Yes right. According to my situation I should use "be about to". Thanks to all.
    NO. NO. NO.

    Read the post again. It clearly says that "about to" does not go well with "next month". If you say "I am about to go to a meeting ..." it means that the meeting is very soon (perhaps in the next hour, not next month).

    Please remember to capitalise the first letter of every sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Supposed to or about to

    Then I am wrong. okay! then if the meeting or the conference will be held after two months which ( be supposed to/be about to) would be better? I am still confused.

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    Re: Supposed to or about to

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Then I am wrong. okay! then if the meeting or the conference will be held after two months which ( be supposed to/be about to) would be better? I am still confused.
    I don't know why you want to use either of them.

    I am going to a meeting in September.
    I am going to a meeting the month after next.
    I am going to a meeting in two months' time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Supposed to or about to

    I am writing a certification later. in that I am using that sentence. i.e. "he is supposed/about to attend the conference on December". if I write "he is going to a meeting or conference" is it formal ? is it okay in a letter? I am still confused. please help me.
    Last edited by UM Chakma; 29-Jul-2013 at 02:47.

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