1-23. I was about to call you!


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am about to have lunch.
  • She is about to call the police.
  • My son is about to go to school.
  • We are about to jump.
  • I was about to call you.
  • She was about to play a game.
  • He was about to go shopping.
  • Are you about to leave?
  • Are they about to cancel this show?
  • Is she about to tell him the truth?
  • I am about to eat something.
  • She is about to go to work.
  • We are about to give up everything.
  • He is about to ask me something.
  • They are about to leave this building.


Here are some grammar tips. 


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
bathroom (n) a room with a sink and toilet and usually a bathtub or shower
e.g. I was about to go to the bathroom to brush my teeth. 
fiancee (n) a woman that a man is engaged to be married to
e.g. Are you about to ask her to be your fiancee
related (adj) connected by common ancestry or sometimes by marriage
e.g. I am related to my uncle. 
shoot (v) to cause a bullet, arrow, etc., to move forward with great force from a weapon
e.g. She was about to shoot an arrow towards the tree. 
press (v) to push (something) with strong or steady force
e.g. I am about to press the button to go on the elevator. 
bottle (n) a glass or plastic container that has a narrow neck and usually has no handle
e.g. Has the baby finished her bottle yet?
hit (v) to move your hand, a bat, etc., quickly so that it touches someone or something in a forceful or violent way
e.g. Are you about to hit him? 
break (v) to separate (something) into parts or pieces often in a sudden and forceful or violent way
e.g. I was about to break the glass but then I caught it. 
open (v) to cause (something) to no longer be covered, sealed, or blocked
e.g. Are you about to open that door? 
order (v) a specific request asking a company to supply goods or products to a customer
e.g. I am about to order new clothes online. 


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. about / everything / we / give / up / to / are / .
    2. to / we / about / get / are / married / .
    3. the / open / was / she / about / to / window / .
    4. press / was / button / he / about / the / to / .
    5. business / a / about / you / are / start / to / ?
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She is about going to work.
    2. He is about to me ask something.
    3. They are about to broke the window.
    4. you about to sing this song?
    5. Are you about to start a business?
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What were you about to do before the lesson? (use “be about to V-ing”)
    2. What was the girl outside about to do?  (use “be about to V-ing”)
    3. What were the puppies about to do? (use “be about to V-ing”)
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph (5-10 sentences).
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. People attend college or university for many different reasons (for example, new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge). Why do you think people attend college or university?
    3. What is something you are optimistic about?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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