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  • Hi Bob the Canadian here.

  • The English word, “abouthas several different uses in the English language.

  • In this video we're going to look at 5 different sentences, 5 different examples on how to

  • use the word, “aboutin English.

  • Sometimes English words have more than one meaning, depending on the sentence that they

  • are used in.

  • The English word, “aboutis one of those words.

  • The first example of how to use the word, “aboutin the English language is the

  • sentence:

  • It is about time.

  • When we say this sentence in English we are basically expressing that something is finally

  • happening.

  • So we have wanted to eat dinner for a while, and when dinner is served we could say:

  • It's about time!

  • Meaning that you have patiently waited for a while, and you are now happy that it is

  • dinner time.

  • The second example of how to use the word, “aboutin the English language is a question

  • like:

  • How about a cup of tea?

  • How about a cup of tea?

  • And what we are basically asking in this sentence is:

  • Would you like a cup of tea?

  • So when I say, “How about a cup of tea?”

  • I'm really askingWould you like a cup of tea?”

  • And if I say, “How about we go see a movie tonight?”

  • I'm actually saying, “Would you like to go see a movie tonight?”

  • A third way to use the word, “aboutin the English language is the phrase:

  • He was about to jump.

  • And when we use, “aboutin this way we are basically saying that an action has not

  • happened yet, but it's going to happen very soon.

  • She was about to buy tickets for the concert.

  • This means that she has not bought the tickets yet, but she is most likely on her computer,

  • on the website where she can buy tickets, and she is going to buy the tickets very soon.

  • She is about to buy the tickets.

  • The fourth way, the fourth example of using the word, “aboutin the English language

  • is the phrase:

  • The movie was about the war.

  • Or, the book was about her life.

  • And basically using, “aboutin this way is saying that the subject of the book, the

  • main point of the book, was her life.

  • The fifth and last way that we use the word, “aboutin the English language is the

  • phrase:

  • She was about 40 years old.

  • And in this example we're basically using, “about”, the same way we would use, “approximately”.

  • So we are saying, “She is approximately 40 years old.”

  • She might be 39, she might be 42.

  • We don't actually know how old she is, but we can sort of tell that she's around 40

  • years old.

  • She is about 40 years old.

  • Well that's 5 different ways to use the word, “aboutin the English language.

  • There are actually more, but I thought 5 was a good number for this video.

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Learn 5 Ways to Use the English Word, "About"

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    Samuel   posted on 2018/11/01
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