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I am about to / I was about to
He arrived just as I was about to give up.
Right now, I'm just about to eat.
#6985 Author: agnestan
I'm just about to start cleaning up my room.
#6986 Author: agnestan
Thanks for telling me the food wasn't good, I was just about to eat it.
#6987 Author: agnestan
I almost forgot my homework.
#8056 Author: lenzras
I caught my son stealing from a cookie jar.
#644 Author: Amatuka
The bus was about to start.
#6057 Author: dc
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dc,very detailed correction 電話がかかってきた。or (sbが)電話をかけてきた。
OK, I've added it to tatokoro - further discussion over there.
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I've done a little cleanup for the Quizes sake.
[verb dictionary form] + tokoro
"about to" is also volitional form 彼女に電話をしようとしたところ、電話がかけて来た。 Just as I was about to ring her, the phone rang.
1. That's a 'たところ' 2. I'd translate it as "Just as I decided to phone her [...]" because the 'とした' is past tense.
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