Stephen and Ashlie run the half-marathon but disagree about how to win the medal. Who’s going to win?

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Task 3

We can use 'be about to' to say that something will happen in the near future. For example, Stephen says:

  • You're late! The race is about to start.

This means: 

  • The race will start soon.


Task 4


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Stephen is too confident, and this is not the right behaviour to have in something like this.
When you run a marathon you have to be very determinate and very strong.

u must be fun at parties XD

Ash will win cause Steve is not used to training hard, so he pretended to do his exercises.
You can win if you follow a training programme for a long period, eat healthily.

I think Ashly is going to sin the race.

I think Ashlie will win the race, you should keep your control and performance.

I think Ashlie will win the race
You must keep your energy all the marathon

This was very enjoyable and it was obvious that Ashlie was going to win.

I'm about to finish Sport Scene.

what does it mean
I'M HOPING to get a really fast time today.

Hello archijais,

'hope' could also be used in the present simple here ('I hope') - the present continuous form places a bit more emphasis on the moment the sentence is spoken. You can find the meaning of 'hope' in our dictionary.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team