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Hello.
My name is Emma and I am about
to teach you "about to".

Okay?
So, "about to", what does it
mean and how do we use it?

Well, let's look at an example
to really understand this.

"I am about to clean my room."
I want you to think
for a moment.

Do you think this sentence is about
the past, the present, or the future?

So: "I am about to
clean my room."

If you said this is about the
future, you are correct.

We use "about to" when we're talking about
something we will do very soon in the future.

We're not talking about
far in the future.

We usually use "will" for that.
We're talking about very, very soon like in
the next five minutes or in the next couple

of minutes.
So, I am about to give you
some examples of "about to".

So we have here "I" as a subject: "I am about
to", and then after "about to" we have a verb.

I put this in colour to help
you remember it better.

We have: "You are about
to" and the verb.

"She or he is about
to" and a verb.

"We are about to" and a verb.
"You guys are about
to" and a verb.

I've put here: "You guys", which is a bit
informal, but when we're talking about a group

of people in an informal situation we can
use: "You guys", and: "They are about to"

with a verb.
So what can we do
with the verbs here?

Well, if you look up here I have:
"I am about to clean my room."

We keep the verb in the
infinitive in this case.

"I am about to study English.",
"You are about to
listen to me speak.",

"She is about to watch TV.",
"We are about to
go to the gym.",

"You guys are about to
listen to Justin Bieber.",

"They are about to
take a shower."

Okay?
So now let's do some together, let's put
the verb in the proper form together.

Okay, so just to remember: When we're talking
about "about to", we're talking about the

future and usually we're talking about either
the immediate future, meaning the next 5-10

minutes or the next couple of hours
or we can also be talking about soon.

Soon is different for different people, so I
might be talking about in the next couple

of days or in the next couple of weeks,
but what I really mean is soon. Okay?

So I can say: "I am about to go on vacation",
and that means soon I will go on vacation.

Okay, so now let's do
some examples together.

"I am about to _________."
How can we change this
verb into the proper form?

"I am about to..."
Well, this was a trick question.
You said:
"call"-and we add a little
period here-you are correct.

It's very easy to
use "about to".

We just need the subject, "am",
"about to", and the verb.

All right, let's look at
the next example together.

"Ednan is _________
do homework."

Now, I want to talk about Ednan in the immediate
future, what he's going to do very soon, so

what can we put here?
If you said:
"about to", you are correct.
"Ednan is about to
do his homework."

Okay?
Now, let's do one more: "Jess
is about to _________."

And here we have
the verb "study".

So, again, very easy.
What do we write?
"Jess is about to
study."
Which means she is
going to study soon.

Okay?
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There, you can find a lot of really great
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including conversation,
listening, speaking, IELTS.

I have covered a lot of topics,
so I hope you check that out.

I also want to invite you to practice "about
to" by visiting our website, www.engvid.com.

There, you can
actually do a quiz.

I hope you're about to do this quiz where you
can practice everything you learned today.

So until next time, thanks
for watching and take care.

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How to use "ABOUT TO" in English

190 Folder Collection
HQQ published on September 5, 2017
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