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 I was about to + (verb) - English Speaking Basics

By stating “I was going to do it” you are telling someone that you were going to do something, but some other event prevented you from doing it. It's similar to "I will do it", but the difference is you won't do it again. Since you won't be doing it again, it becomes a past event. That's why we use 'was' instead of 'am'

I was about to + (verb) - English Speaking Basics
I was about to + (verb) - English Speaking Basics

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Here is a sample conversion to help you understand.

A: Hi Mike. I need to ask you a favor.

B: Hi Bob. What do you need?

A: Can you take me to the convenience store? My car is in the store and we really need some milk.

B: Of course. I can do it.

A: Were you in the middle of something? I do not want to bother you.

B: I was about to watch a movie, but it can wait.

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In this case, he can't say, "I'm about to watch a movie" because he won't watch it because he has to drive his friend. You use "I was about to" when you aren't going to do something immediately because of some other event.

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Here are some examples:

"I was about to go out."

"I was about to go to dinner."

"I was about to go to bed."

"I was about to go to work."

"I was about to call you."

"I was about to send you an email."

"I was about to mow my grass."

"I was about to watch television."

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