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    About to

    Hello

    I came across a problem that hope to be solved by your helps!

    What does the following sentence mean?

    "I'm about to do something!"

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: About to

    Quote Originally Posted by proof.beh View Post
    Hello

    I came across a problem that hope to be solved by your helps!

    What does the following sentence mean?

    "I'm about to do something!"

    Thank you!
    to be about to" means that the event is going to happen very soon.

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    Re: About to

    Quote Originally Posted by proof.beh View Post
    What does the following sentence mean?

    "I'm about to do something!"

    Thank you!
    dear proof
    I' m about to do something simply means
    I am going to do something very soon

    I was about to leave when Mark arrived.
    hope this helps


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    Re: About to

    You give it as a complete sentence, and with an exclamation mark which makes me suspect this is out of context.

    Where did you find the sentence?

    Sounds like, for instance, the euphemistic cry of somebody about to wet their pants.

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    Re: About to

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    You give it as a complete sentence, and with an exclamation mark which makes me suspect this is out of context.

    Where did you find the sentence?

    Sounds like, for instance, the euphemistic cry of somebody about to wet their pants.
    Lol, that sounds funny for some reason

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    Re: About to

    Now, a question is still standing is when are we allowed to use it?

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    #7

    Re: About to

    Quote Originally Posted by proof.beh View Post
    Now, a question is still standing is when are we allowed to use it?
    any time you are going to do something very soon.

    A: I am ready. I waiting for you.
    B: I am almost done, just one second. . We are about to leave.


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    Re: About to

    This structure is often used with 'just' to show that the action is coming rather soon after speaking.

    A: [phones B] Hello, B. Can I come over for a visit?

    B: No, that won't work, A. I've got my coat on and I'm just about to go out to the mall. Why don't you meet me there?

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