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Something about to happen: If something is about to happen, it will happen very soon.

"My phones about to die. Luckily, I have a charger. I'll be right back."

Shouldn't we not use "about to" if we are going to not let it happen very soon? According to the definition, you use it when you think it will happen very soon. Can someone explain?

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    People don't usually speak with a flawless degree of precision. For example, we know you meant phone's about to die. You're asking if it's wrong because the charging will prevent it. No, it's still true in the moment. – Yosef Baskin Jul 31 at 3:26
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    In your example, about to die means on the verge of dying — not going to die in the sense of predestiny. The phone is on the verge of dying. – Tinfoil Hat Jul 31 at 3:48

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