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    looking through a few sentences with "about"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell your opinion concerning the following sentences?

    1. There is a rumor about.
    2. Several schoolboys were standing about.
    3. A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.
    4. a rumor without a leg to stand = a groundless rumor
    5. They moved the furniture about.
    6. After swimming a mile he turned about and swam back.
    turn about = the act of turning about and facing or moving in the opposite direction.
    7. It is about time you learned the rule.
    about time = long past the right time; also, approximately the right time
    8. It’s about three o’clock.
    9. The performance is about to begin.
    10. He is about my size.
    11. I am about as tall as he is.
    about as tall = almost as tall
    12. That’s about right.
    13. That’s just about enough.
    14. He was about to say something.
    was about to say = intended to say
    15. A plane about to take off.
    about to take off = intended to fly off
    16. What are you about?
    17. I’m up and about.
    18. What is it all about?
    19. We have to go turn and turn about.
    20. There was a fence about the garden.
    21. All his belongings were lying about the floor.
    were lying about the floor = were flung about the floor
    22. You have to stay about the house today!
    23. He run about the room.
    24. He traveled about the country.
    25. Tell me all about it.
    26. I come about business.
    27. She went about her usual duties.
    28. Have you any money about you?
    29. Here is something about her.
    30. Here is something queer about him.
    31. There was something fishy about him.
    32. There was a look of kindness about his face.
    34. What is wrong about him?
    35. What is wrong about the color?
    36. We are not about to stop now.
    37. We are not about to be taken in by their campaign promises.
    38. I don’t like to do an about-face.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 23-Jun-2009 at 17:22.

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    Exclamation Re: looking through a few sentences with "about"

    Hello Vil,

    I have tried to find out meaning and use of most of the expressions with the word ‘about’. But there are still a few left out, as the reply was too large for the forum to accept, these are deleted

    There is a rumor about.A Rumor About something provides a new and deeper understanding of a harmful ideology and its broader implications
    2. Several schoolboys were standing about. Here it means the boys are waiting and doing nothing
    3. A rumor without a leg to stand.
    4. a rumor without a leg to stand = a groundless rumor which gets around some other way
    5. They moved the furniture about. Movement by some distance from some place. They moved the furniture about 3’ from the wall.
    6. After swimming a mile he turned about and swam back.
    turn about = the act of turning about and facing or moving in the opposite direction. Actually it is first retreat (withdrawing from any adventure), then about turn and move in the opposite direction. The Submarine turned about and fled after the steamer opened fire
    7. It is about time you learned the rule.
    about time = long past the right time or exactly the right time; also, approximately the right time Underlined meaning is correct.
    8. It’s about three o’clock. It is nearly 3’o clock.
    9. The performance is about to begin. Performance means a stage-show which will begin shortly
    10. He is about my size. A person’s size is described by his height, weight, chest and waste measurements. So he is nearly/equal to my ht/wt etc.
    11. I am about as tall as he is.
    about as tall = almost as tall OK
    12. That’s about right. Sometimes only the exact amount will do, but in everyday speech we often speak using approximations for which is due. So it means: That is approximately my/your/his due.
    13. That’s just about enough.Can't take any more of you, Give me what I deserve,
    14. He was about to say something.
    was about to say = intended to say OK
    15. A plane about to take off.
    about to take off = intended/starts moving to fly off OK
    16. What are you about? When you deal with people through advertisement/website it necessary to say something about you, who are your prospects and what their site is all about..
    17. I’m up and about. I'm ready to start my work/assignment since it's a workday.
    18. What is it all about? When you want to learn/go deep into anything you ask this question. For example: Human life; What is it all about? Ans: Deep inside, we all know that there must be more to life than just eating, drinking and doing our own thing. Otherwise, living has no meaning whatsoever and we are no better than animals. .But there is indeed a PURPOSE to our existence as there is a FINAL DESTINATION awaiting all of us, and for most it will be a quite a shocking surprise.
    19. We have to go turn and turn about. Doing things by turns: They fought the fire, turn and turn about, until daybreak.

    21. All his belongings were lying about the floor.
    were lying about the floor = were flung about the floor/lying helter skelter The term helter skelter means in chaotic and disorderly manner.
    23. He run about the room. He has a free run of the whole special room
    24. He traveled about the country. He has traveled some parts/areas of the country.
    25. Tell me all about it. When you want to know every thing of a matter/subject use this. Understanding the Role of Media in Economic Development; Tell me all about it
    27. She went about her usual duties. Get engaged with her normal work
    29. Here is something about her. Some special attraction with her. Here is a poem using the expression:There's something about her
    I can't live with out her
    30. Here is something queer about him. Some strange facts (not revealed earlier) about him
    31. There was something fishy about him.of a questionable nature or character; suspicious; shady things about him.
    38. I don’t like to do an about-face. A drill comand giver by senior officer on which a unit or soldier makes a 180 degree turn

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    Re: looking through a few sentences with "about"

    Hi sarat_106,

    Thank you for your unusual and seldom kindness which in my opinion is not typical to the great mass of the titular English teacher in the present forum. I made an thorough study of your profound explanatory riders.

    Here is an interesting figurative meaning of the term “face about” namely "a sudden change of course or a decision opposite to what was decided earlier, sudden change in attitude” as in “Her decision to become an actress instead of a dentist was an about face from her original plans.”

    Will you have the kindness to tell me your opinion concerning the matter in question?

    Thank you again for your backing.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi sarat_106,

    Thank you for your unusual and seldom kindness which in my opinion is not typical to the great mass of the titular English teacher in the present forum. I made an thorough study of your profound explanatory riders.

    Here is an interesting figurative meaning of the term “face about” namely "a sudden change of course or a decision opposite to what was decided earlier, sudden change in attitude” as in “Her decision to become an actress instead of a dentist was an about face from her original plans.”

    Will you have the kindness to tell me your opinion concerning the matter in question?

    Thank you again for your backing.

    Regards,

    V.
    Yes, this is an exact figurative meaning. Thank you for seeking my openion.

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    Re: looking through a few sentences with "about"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Thank you for your unusual and seldom kindness which in my opinion is not typical to the great mass of the titular English teacher in the present forum.
    That's a bit below the belt, isn't it, Vil? You've just had 4 teachers giving you an opinion on "overcome", and many teachers have given a lot of time to your questions over the twelve months I've been here.
    Do you have some suggestion for how we could provide a better service?

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    Re: looking through a few sentences with "about"

    Yes vil, I seem to remember responding to quite a few of your posts, perhaps not to your satisfaction but nobody is perfect. I at least tried to help. I think in future I will ignore your posts.

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    Re: looking through a few sentences with "about"

    If I may, I would like to say a few words:

    I believe Vil's complaint is not about the "lack of generosity" of this forum's teachers. I have discussed this very same matter with Vil before. I believe the problem is: We have too many asking and too little replying. Some of Vil's threads have ended up not being replied.
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