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'about': adverb or preposition?

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'about': adverb or preposition?

Postby clarence » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:43 am

Hi All,

I'm new to this forum. I'm wondering if 'about' in the following sentence is an adverb or preposition:

I was about to cry.

The confusing thing for me is it is defined as an adverb in Webster's New World Children's Dictionary, but as a preposition in Webster's New World Student's Dictionary.

Thanks,
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Re: 'about': adverb or preposition?

Postby Alan » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:20 am

Adverb.
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