about to
In ordinary grammatical construction, “about" before an infinitive means "on the point of" or "in the act of." It signifies present and not future action. For example, the words "about to abandon" are synonymous with "intended now to abandon." See Sallies v Johnson, 85 Conn 77, 81 A 974.

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