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The word “about” is used as a preposition or as adjective. 


It’s often similar to the word “almost.” 

about = almost

  • It’s about 10:00. (It’s almost 10:00.) 
  • She’s about 40 years old. That’s my guess. 
  • I lost about $10,000 in the stock market last year. 
  • It takes about five years for a person to learn English well–depending on that person’s age and level of education. 
  • That’s about all I have to say. 
  • What is this about? 
  • It’s about baseball.  
  • That book is about the subject of baseball.  
  • I read a good book about the U.S. Civil War. 
  • Do you. know what the teacher is going to talk to us about? 

To use “how about” is very common in spoken American English:

how about = here's an idea

  • How about getting something to eat?  (There’s no subject or verb in this question. 
  • How about a pizza? 
  • How about going tonight? 
  • Hey, how ’bout a movie? (Notice the word “about” is often shortened to “bout” in spoken English. 
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