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Imminent events

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Hablar de la inmediatez con la que se producir谩 un evento te permite expresar acciones que est谩n a minutos de suceder o resultados que est谩n a punto de concretarse.

C贸mo hablar de eventos inminentes

Para expresar que un evento est谩 a punto de suceder, puedes hacer uso de la expresi贸n 鈥渙n the point of鈥 o 鈥渁t the point of鈥 seguido de un verbo en su forma -ing. Ambas expresiones son muy similares y m谩s formales. Te permiten reemplazar la palabra 鈥渁bout鈥 que tambi茅n se suele utilizar para hablar de que algo est谩 por suceder.

Veamos algunos ejemplos: - The company was at the point of bankruptcy. - He was at the point of quitting. - We were on the point of leaving when Mike arrived. - She was on the point of going to bed. - They were at the point of going to bed.

Expresa con este sencillo vocabulario esa acci贸n que te encuentras a punto de realizar o ese evento que est谩 a punto de suceder.


Contribuci贸n creada por: Kevin Fiorentino (Platzi Contributor).

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Let鈥檚 practice:

  1. She was at the point of traveling.
  2. We鈥檙e on the point of starting.
  3. Mike is on the point of calling you.
  4. I was at the point of quitting.

鈥 She was on the point of traveling.
鈥 We are at the point of starting.
鈥 Mike is on the point of calling you.
鈥 I was at the point of quitting.

鈥淥n the point of鈥 or 鈥渁t the point of鈥 are used to talk about imminent results.
Examples
鈼 The company was at the point of bankruptcy.
鈼 He was at the point of quitting.
鈼 We were about to leave when Mike arrived.
鈼 We were on the point of leaving when Mike arrived.
Practice
鈼 I鈥檓 at the point of going. Can you call me later?
鈼 She was on the point of going to bed.
鈼 She was on the point of traveling.
鈼 We are at the point of starting.
鈼 Mike is on the point of calling you.
鈼 I was on the point of quitting.
Practice from the worksheet:
Write 5 examples of things you are going to do soon and 5 things you were going to do at some point. Use of both options On the point of and About.
鈼 yesterday when I was on the point of going to sleep, I remembered that I need to take my exam before midnight.
鈼 I鈥檓 on the point of starting my new job search.
鈼 I鈥檓 at the point of taking a coffee.
鈼 I will be at the point of getting my first international experience very soon.
鈼 I am at the point of selling my old video games.
鈼 The teacher said that she was around when I was about to return to my bed.
鈼 I鈥檓 about to tweet that you should buy crypto.
鈼 The ceil fell when I was about to enter the building.
鈼 I鈥檓 about to lose weight.
鈼 I was about to go to Talent Land when covid attack us.

I鈥檓 on the point of going, may you call me later
She was on the point of going to bed
She was on the pint of traveling.
We are at the point of starting.
Mike is on the point of calling you
I was o the point of quitting you.

  • I am on the point of going. Can you call me later?
  • She was at the point of going to bed.
  • She was at the point of traveling.
  • We are on the point of starting.
  • Mike is on the point of calling you.
  • I was on the point of quitting.
She was at the point of traveling. We are on the point of starting. Mike is on the point of calling you. I was at the point of quitting.

She was on the point of traveling.

We are at the point of starting .

Mike is at the point of calling you.

I waas on the point of quitting.

She was at the point of traveling.

We are on the point of starting.

Mike is on the point of calling you.

I was at the point of quitting.

Activity:
She was on the point of traveling.
We are at the point of starting
Mike is at the point of calling you
I was on the point of quitting

We are on the point of starting.
  • She was on the point of traveling.

  • We are at the point of starting.

  • Mike is on the point of calling you.

  • I was at the point of quitting.

She was on/at the point of going to bed.

I鈥檓 on the point of going. Can you call me later.

She was on the point of traveling

We were on the point of starting

Mike is on the point of calling you

I was on the point of quitting

I鈥檓 about to have dinner
I鈥檓 about to sleep
I鈥檓 at the point of visiting the beach
I was on the point of returning to her
we were on the point of fighting

she was at point of traveling we were on point of starting Mike is on point of calling you I was at point of quitting

Activity


  • I鈥檓 on the point of leaving, can you call me later?
  • She was at the point of going to bed
  • She was on the point of traveling
  • We are at the point of starting
  • Mike is at the point of calling you
  • I was at the point of quitting

Workshop


  • I鈥檓 on the point of starting exercise
  • I鈥檓 at the point of starting a new semester
  • She鈥檚 at the point of breaking up with his boyfriend

I麓m on the point of leaving. Can you call me later?
She was at the point of going to bed.

  1. She was on the point of traveling.
  2. We are at the point of starting.
  3. Mike is on the point of calling you.
  4. I was at the point of quitting.

She was at the point of traveling.
We are at the point of starting.
Mike is on the point of calling you.
I was at the point of quitting.

  1. I was on the point of breaking down, after listening to the bad news.
  2. She was at the point of leaving the house when started to rain
  3. If this economic situation continues, we will be on the point of bankruptcy

she was at the point of traveling
we ate on hte point of starting
mike is at point of calling you
I was one the point of quiting

She was on the point of traveling.
We are at the point of starting.
Mike is on the point of calling you.
I was at the point of quitting.

She was at the point of going to travel.
We are at the point of starting.
Mike is at the point to calling you.
i was at the point of quitting.

  • She was on the point of traveling
  • We are on the point of starting
  • MIke is on the point of calling you
  • I was on the point of quiting

I was at the point of going out when my mother called me.

She was about to change her career when her father had a conversation with her.

It was on the point of destroying the city, but Superman got there on time.

They were about to crash on the highway, but Marco, at the correct moment, turned the steering wheel.

The meeting was on the point of starting when the earthquake began.

She was at the point of travelling We are on the point of starting Mike is at the point of calling you I was on the point of quitting

She was at the point of traveling.
We are at the point of starting.
Mike is on the point of calling you.
I was on the point of quitting.

  1. She was at the point of traveling
  2. We are on the point of starting
  3. Mike is at the point of calling you
  4. I was on the point of quitting

路 She was at the point of traveling.
路 We are on the point of starting.
路 Mike is on the point of calling you.
路 I was at the point of quitting.

Resources section practice.
5 examples of things you are going to do soon:

  • I was about to eat some biscuits .

  • I was on the point of finishing this class.

  • I was at the point of understanding some topics of this course.

  • I was on the point of resolution to this concept.

  • I was at the point of beverage a little water

5 things you were going to do at some point:

  • I was about to sleep when the phone rang.

  • I was on the point of reading a book when someone knocked on the door.

  • I was at the point of leaving the party when she arrived.

  • I was on the point of my sweet dream when they began to fight.

  • I was at the point of the goal when I remembered that something
    important was missing to finish.

SUMMARY:
ON/AT THE POINT OF or ABOUT TO are used to talk about imminent results or events.
They mean the exact same thing. The difference is very subtle and no one is going to be upset about it. So it鈥檚 a very negligible difference.
We use ON/AT THE POINT OF we use the normal VERB in ING (doing something) or something (collapse).
After ABOUT we use the VERB in INFINITIVE FORM, so we have to add TO .

  • For example: the sentence 鈥渉e was about to quit鈥 means the exact same thing as 鈥渉e was on the point of quitting鈥.

  • Another example is: 鈥渢he economy was about to collapse鈥 means the same as 鈥渢he economy was at/on the point of collapse鈥.

  • I am on the point of leaving, can you call me later?
  • She was on the point of going to bed.
  • She was on the point of travellin.
  • We are at point of starting.
  • Mike is on point of calling you.
  • I was on the point of quitting.

I was on the point of cleaning the house when my mom called me asking me to just clean the badroom.

  • They were on the point of firing Joshua, when he sent an email reporting his quitting for the next week.

  • My neighbor was on the point of punishing his son, when I knocked the door.

  • My friend was on the point to getting married, when someone told him about his engaged parther was cheating on him.

  • My brother was on the point of leaving uni, when he recieved an email notifying him about a scholarship.

She was about to go to bed.
she was at/on the point of going to bed

She was about to travel.
She was at/on the point of traveling.

We are about to start.
We are at/on the point of starting

Mike is about to call you
Mike is at/on the point of calling you

I was about to quit.
I was at/on the point of quitting.

Activity:
she was on the point of traveling
we are on the point of starting
mike is on the point of calling you
i was on the point to quitting

(驴Can you check my activity?)

*She was on the point of traveling.
*We are at the point of starting.
*Mike is at the point of calling you.
*I was on the point of quitting.

She was at the point of traveling
We are on the point of starting
Mike is on the point of calling you
I was on the point of quiting

This is mi turn

  • My mother heard about the accident. She is on the point of crying.
  • My brother was at the point of travelling when he realized he had forgotten his suitcases.
  • My sister is really angry. She is on the point of yelling at for food. (Please tell me if this is right)
  • John was at the point of quitting when he got a raise.

Let鈥檚 practice:

She was at the point of traveling.
We鈥檙e on the point of starting.
Mike is on the point of calling you.
I was at the point of quitting.

  • She was at the point of travelling

  • We are at the point of starting

  • Mike is at the point of calling you

  • I was at the point of quitting

-she was on the point of traveling

  • we are at the point of starting
    -mike is at the point of call you.
  • I was at the point of quitting.

She was on/at the point of traveling
We are on/at the point of starting
Mike is on/at the point of calling you
i was on/at the point of quitting

  • She was on the point of traveling.
  • We are at the point of starting.
  • Mike is on the point of calling you.
  • I was at the point of quitting.
  • She was on the point of traveling.

  • We are at the point of starting.

  • Mike is on the point of calling you.

  • I was at the point of quitting.

鈥 She was on the point of traveling.
鈥 We are at the point of starting.
鈥 Mike is on the point of calling you.
鈥 I was at the point of quitting.

  • I鈥檓 on the point of going. Can you call me later?
  • She was at the point of going to bed.
  • She was at the point of traveling.
  • We are on the point of starting.
  • Mike is on the point of calling you.
  • I was at the point of quitting.

hi

LET麓S PRACTICE!

  1. She was at the point of traveling.
  2. We are on the point of starting.
  3. Mike is on the point of calling you.
  4. I was at the point of to quiting.

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Bien explicado

Excelente

Interesante

Bueno clases

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soo cool

She was at the point of working
We鈥檙e on the point of starting the test

good

She was at the point of traveling.
We鈥檙e on the point of starting.
Mike is on the point of calling you.
I was at the point of quitting.

鈥 She was on the point of traveling.
鈥 We are at the point of starting.
鈥 Mike is on the point of calling you.
鈥 I was at the point of quitting.

  • She was at the point of traveling.
  • We are on the point of starting.
  • Mike is on the point of calling you.
  • I was at the point of quitting.

1

I鈥檓 on the point of going. Can you call me later?She was at the point of going to bed.She was on the p贸int of travelling.We are on the point of starting.Mike is on the point of calling you.

I am on the point of going. Can you call me later?She was at the point of going to bed.
鈥he was at the point of traveling.We are on the point of starting.Mike is on the point of calling you

Let麓s practice!
She was on tha point of traveling
We are at the point of starting
Mike is on the point of calling you.
I was at the point of quitting

Let鈥檚 practice.

  1. She was at the point of traveling.
  2. We are at the point of starting.
  3. Mike is at the point of calling you.
  4. I was at the point of quitting.

She was at the point of to traveling.
we are on the point of to starting.
Mike is on the apoint of to the calling you.
I was at the point to quiting

sofy is on the point of calling you.

She was on the point of traveling when she gets a call back.
We鈥檙e on the point of starting a new job .
Mike鈥檚 at the point of calling you.
I was on the point of quitting but I received an increase of my salary.

Let鈥檚 practice:

She was at the point of traveling.
We鈥檙e on the point of starting.
Mike is on the point of calling you.
I was at the point of quitting.

Let鈥檚 practice:

She was at the point of traveling.
We鈥檙e on the point of starting.
Mike is on the point of calling you.
I was at the point of quitting.

  • Se was on the point of traveling.
  • We are on the pint of stating.
  • Mike is at the point of calling you.
  • I was on the point of quiting.

She was at the point to travel.
We are at the point to start.
Mike is on the point to call you.
I was at the point to quit.

she was at the point of traveling
we are on the point of starting
mike is on the point of calling you
I was on the point of quitting

Examples:

  • I was on the point of taking my lunch, but I decided to take this class.
  • My husband is at the point of finishing his project.
  • The economy is on the point of collapse.
  • The new president of Colombia is on the point of doing his presidential inauguration.

Thanks for the feedback.

  • I鈥檓 on the point of going . Can you call me later?
  • She was at the point of traveling
  • We are on the point of starting
  • Mike is on the point of calling you
  • I was at the point of quitting
  • She was at the point of travelling.
  • We are on the point of starting.
  • Mike is at the point of calling you.
  • I was at the point of quitting.
    EXTRA: They were on the point of arguing.

LET麓S PRACTICE MY DEAR FRIEND:
1. She was on the point of traveling.
2. We are on the point of starting.
3. Mike is at the point of calling you.
4. I was on the point of quitting.

1.I麓m on the pont of going. Can you call me later?
2. She was on the point of going to bed.

  • She was at the point of traveling.
  • We are on the point of starting.
  • Mike is on the point of calling you.
  • I was on the point of quitting.

I麓m on the point of going!

  • She was at the point of traveling
  • We are on the point of starting
  • Mike is on the point of calling you
  • I was at the point of quitting

She was on the point of travelling

We are at the point of starting

Mike is at the point of calling you

I was on the point of quiting

  1. I鈥檓 on the point of leaving, can you call me later?
  2. She was on the point of going to bed.
  3. I was at the point of quitting
  • She was at point of traveling
  • We are on the point of starting, when a cellphone ringed
  • Mike is on the point of calling you, when he realized he lost his cellphone
  • I was at the point of quitting, when I got promoted 馃殌
  • She was on the point of traveling.
  • We are on the point of starting.
  • Mike is on the point of calling you.
  • I was on the point of quitting.

With my girlfriend we have a goal, language learning. Our dates are not only funny, but also productive.

I study not also english but also italian.
I like not only tuna but also chesse.
My girlfried is not only beatiful but also lovely.
There was an atmosphere not only cozy but also silent.

Im on the point of going out, could you call me later?
She was on the point of travellig
We are on the point of starting
Mike is about to calling you
I was at the point of quitting
I was o the point of having breakfast.
They was on the point of getting maried

Practice:

  • She was at the point of traveling.
  • We are on the point of starting.
  • Mike is on the point of calling you.
  • I was at the point of quitting.
I was at the point of leaving when you told me to say. she was at the point of presenting her resigning but the company made a contraoffer. I was at the point of getting to sleep but you called
  • She was on the point of travelling.
  • We are at the point of starting.
  • Mike is at the point of calling you.
  • I was on the point of quitting.

She was on the point of traveling.

We are on the point of starting.

Mike is on the point of calling you.

I was at the point of quitting

I was on the point of going out.

The test was at the point of starting.

She was at the point of going to bed.

  1. I鈥檓 on the point of going. Can you call me later?
  2. She was at the point of going to bed.
  3. She was on the p贸int of travelling.
  4. We are on the point of starting.
  5. Mike is on the point of calling you.
  6. I was on the point of quitting.

Imminent Events

  1. On the point of To talk about imminents results
    i.e
  • Our economy was on the point of collapse
  • I was on the point of leaving when I got your call
  1. At the point of
  • The company was at the point of bankruptcy
  • He was at the point of quitting
  1. About -it needs to add infintive verb with 鈥渢o鈥.
  • I鈥檓 about to go. Can you call me later?

Let鈥檚 practice

  • She was on the point of traveling
  • We are at the point of starting
  • Mike is on the point of calling you.
  • I was at the point of quitting

She was on the point of traveling
We are at the point of starting
Mike is on the point of calling you
I was at the point of quitting

She was at the point of going to bed

I鈥檓 at the point of going

She was on the point of travelling We are at the point of starting Mike is on the point of calling you I was at the point of quitting
  • She was on the point of traveling.
  • We are at the point of starting.
  • Mike is at the point of calling you.
    I was on the point of quitting.
  • Our system was on the point of showing an outage.
  • I was on the point of leaving when I got your text
  • I was at the point of leaving, can you call me later?
  • She was on the point of going to bed
  • She was at the point of traveling
  • We are at the point to start his class
  • Mike is at the point of calling you
  • I was at the point of quiting this job