BE about to

BE about to

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There are 3 almost identical points in the category of FUTURE in the English Grammar Profile:

Point 41  in the past is defined as:

simple past form of ‘be’ + ‘about to’ (often with ‘just’) to talk about the immediate future from a point in the past.

Point 43

future expressions with ‘BE ABOUT TO immediate future, often with ‘just’.

Point 44

future expressions with present forms of ‘be’ + ‘about to’.

 

An iWeb search for

_vb about to *

1 IS ABOUT TO BE 10204

CBC.ca
Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time.

 

2 WAS ABOUT TO BE 5486
3 IS ABOUT TO GET 4958
4 ARE ABOUT TO BE 4004
5 ARE ABOUT TO GET 3245
6 IS ABOUT TO CHANGE 3152
7 IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN 3123
8 IS ABOUT TO BEGIN 2999
9 IS ABOUT TO START 2671
10 IS ABOUT TO GO 2555

was|were about to *

A2: become, enter, fall, happen, hit, lose, turn

1  BE 5486, 2 GO 2335

3 WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN 1992

 

INSIDER
There were no other signs of what was about to happen. Shortly after they left, I sat down on the couch and fell unconscious.

4 WAS ABOUT TO GET 1872, 5 WAS ABOUT TO TAKE 1642, 6 WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE 1620, 7 WAS ABOUT TO START 1569, 8 WAS ABOUT TO GIVE 1536, 9 WERE ABOUT TO BE 1519, 10 WAS ABOUT TO SAY 1379, 11 WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN 1326, 12 WAS ABOUT TO DO 1320, 13 WAS ABOUT TO MAKE 1067, 14 WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE 967, 15 WAS ABOUT TO DIE 936

16 WAS ABOUT TO BECOME 882

Martha’s Vineyard Times
Little did I know that physical proximity was about to become a dream.

17 WERE ABOUT TO GET 825, 18 WAS ABOUT TO COME 822, 19 WAS ABOUT TO HAVE 816, 20 WERE ABOUT TO GO 795, 21 WAS ABOUT TO ENTER 755

22 WAS ABOUT TO TURN 680

23 WAS ABOUT TO FALL 667

24 WAS ABOUT TO ASK 612, 25 WERE ABOUT TO LEAVE 604, 26 WERE ABOUT TO DO 524

27 WAS ABOUT TO LOSE 486

28 WAS ABOUT TO BUY 471

29 WAS ABOUT TO HIT 470

30 WERE ABOUT TO TAKE 470, 31 WAS ABOUT TO END 459, 32 WERE ABOUT TO START 437, 33 WERE ABOUT TO SEE 429, 34 WAS ABOUT TO THROW 414, 35 WAS ABOUT TO PUT 408, 36 WAS ABOUT TO BREAK 407, 37 WAS ABOUT TO EMBARK 383

38 WERE ABOUT TO ENTER 372

 

was|were * about to *

1 WAS N’T ABOUT TO LET 397

Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Jess wasn’t about to let Colt know about her tense discussion with his ex-wife.

2 WAS JUST ABOUT TO POST 267

 

  Russian Machine Never Breaks
I was just about to post something about this.

 

 

 

 

3 WAS JUST ABOUT TO START 252
4 WAS JUST ABOUT TO ASK 246
5 WAS JUST ABOUT TO SAY 242
6 WAS JUST ABOUT TO GO 212
7 WAS NOT ABOUT TO LET 194
8 WAS JUST ABOUT TO GIVE 162
9 WAS JUST ABOUT TO GET 147
10 WAS N’T ABOUT TO GIVE 129
11 WAS JUST ABOUT TO MAKE 123
12 WAS JUST ABOUT TO LEAVE 122
13 WAS JUST ABOUT TO TURN 106
14 WAS JUST ABOUT TO TAKE 103
15 WAS NOT ABOUT TO GIVE 102
16 WAS NOT ABOUT TO BE 98
17 WAS JUST ABOUT TO BUY 97
18 WAS N’T ABOUT TO GO 95
19 WERE N’T ABOUT TO LET 92
20 WAS JUST ABOUT TO BE 89

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