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    about to... in 50 years (near or far future?)


    About + infinitive (with to) means 'going to very soon'; 'just going to'.

    Don't go out now - we're about to have lunch.

    Taken from 'Practical English Usage' (page 3).

    I'd like to ask if it sounds weird or wrong to use, for example, in 100 years with 'about to' since it conveys a sense of 'in the near future'.

    For example:

    We are about to live on Mars in 100 years.

    Last edited by ademoglu; 15-Jun-2019 at 13:46. Reason: typo

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    Re: about to... in 50 years (near or far future?)

    That is not natural.

    If you are about to do something, that something is in the very near future.

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