One-Point English Lesson: Using “Be About To”

Michael Uncategorized 4 Comments

When an activity or an action is going to happen in very soon from now, you can use the expression be about to + base verb.

  • The lights just went off. The concert is about to start!
  • It’s almost 8:00pm. My favorite TV program is about to begin.
  • Jack put on his jacket. It looks like he is about to leave the office.

You can also use was about to + base verb with when to talk about two events that happened close to each other in the past. The event following when is generally an unexpected event.

  • I was about to cook dinner when the phone rang.
  • My favorite TV program was about to begin when the power went out.
  • Jack was about to leave the office when the boss asked him to have a meeting.

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