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Pattert 1 : Noun + be + about +noun.


This book is about prepostations.

Nouns commonly used before about:

argument, article, book, conversation, disagreement, discussion, joke, lecture, movie, news, play, program, report, speech, story



Pattern 2: noun + about + noun



She gave me advice about my loan.



Nouns commonly used before about:

assurance, complaint, comment, gossip, lie, question, statement, truth



Pattern 3: verb + about + noun

He often talks about his job.




Verbs commonly used before about:

agree, argue, brag, care, complain, cry, do, dream, forget, groan, hear, joke, know, laugh, lie, moan, pray, read, say, scream, sing, talk, think, wonder, worry, yell



Expressions:



to see about—


1. to delay a decision until more information is known

We want to buy a house, but we will see about that later.



2. to get information about

I called that office to see about getting a job there.



to find out about—to get information about


She called the school to find out about her daughter's behavior.



Pattern 4: verb + noun + about

She knows something about airplanes.



Typical verbs used with this pattern:

ask, find out, know, learn, say




Typical nouns used before about:

a little, a lot, quite a bit, nothing, something, very little



Pattern 5: verb + indirect object + about + noun

They asked me about my trip.



Verbs commonly used with this pattern:


advise, ask, bother, contact, harass, question, remind, teach, tell, write



Pattern 6: adjective + about + noun

They were very kind about our late arrival.



Adjectives commonly used before about:

charming, kind, nasty, nice, mean, rude, sweet, understanding, unkind




2 About can identify the cause of an emotion or condition.



Pattern: adjective + about + noun

We are excited about our vacation.



Adjectives commonly used before about:


angry, anxious, bashful, concerned, confused, crazy, excited, glad, happy, mad, nervous, objective, optimistic, pessimistic, right, sick, silly, unhappy, upset, worried



3 About (adverb) can mean approximately.



Pattern: about + number

It is about nine o'clock.

We have about ten dollars each.




4 About can mean in all parts of.



Pattern 1: be + noun + about + noun

There is a lot of excitement about town.



Pattern 2: past participle of verb + about + noun

Papers were scattered about the house.






Typical past participles used before about:

scattered, sprinkled, strewn, thrown





5 About can describe a noun.




Pattern: something/nothing + (adjective) + about + noun

There is something about her that I like.

There is something adorable about her.

There is nothing nice about that.



Adjectives commonly used before about:

adorable, attractive, bad, cute, exotic, fascinating, familiar, fishy, funny, good, interesting, nice, peculiar, special, strange, unusual, weird, wonderful




6 About can mean in all directions.



Pattern 1: motion verb + about + noun

We wandered about town for a few hours.



Pattern 2: motion verb + about (adverb)


The baby crawls about the house.



Verbs commonly used with these patterns:

crawl, go, jump, look, move, poke, run, walk, wander



7 About (adverb) can mean almost.




Pattern: be + about + adjective

She is about ready.



Adjectives commonly used after about:

complete, done, finished, perfect, ready, right, through






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