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youtosuru, part II
A voluntary action stopped just before being completed
I was about to go out when the phone rang.
I was about to get off the bus, when someone pushed me from behind.
#7020 Author: geon
I was just about to go out, when dad called me.
#7021 Author: geon
The telephone rang just as I was about to get into the bath.
#8597 Author: starsandsea
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The voluntary action is just stopped a moment before being completed by an unexpected external cause. The verb of the main sentence is often in the passive form.
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