About to, According to | Common English Expressions
About to means ‘just going to’.
- We are about to have lunch. (= We are going to have lunch.)
- She was about to leave for work when he arrived.
Do not give your own opinions with according to. Instead, use an expression like ‘in my opinion’.
- According to the time table, the train arrives at 3.30 pm.
- In my opinion, he is a nice guy. (NOT According to me, he is a nice guy.)
- According to scientists, smoking can cause cancer.
- According to Rohan, Maya’s boyfriend is a fraud.
Difference between across and through
The difference between across and through is similar to the difference between on and in.
- We walked across the desert. (We were on the desert.)
- We walked through the wood. (We were in the wood.)
Numbers go before adjectives.
- Six blue shirts (NOT Blue six shirts)
Ordinal numbers (e.g. first, second, third etc.) usually go before cardinal numbers (e.g. one, two, three etc.)
- The first two weeks (More natural than ‘the two first weeks’)
- The last two days were very wet.
Adjectives of colour, origin, material and purpose usually go in that order.
- Blue Spanish leather sports shoes
- I bought two German glass flower vases from the store.
Adjectives after as, how, so, too
Adjectives normally go after the article a/an. However, adjectives can go before articles in a special structure.
- I can’t afford that big a car. (NOT I can’t afford that a big car.)
- It was so warm a day that I didn’t go out. (NOT It was a so warm day that I didn’t go out.)