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Futuro molto prossimo
What’s about to happen? You can explain what will happen in the very near future with the construction stare per + infinitive, the Italian equivalent of "to be about to do."*
|L’aereo sta per atterrare.
|The plane is about to land.
|Sto per chiamare mio padre.
|I’m about to call my dad.
|Stiamo per partire per la spiaggia.
|We’re about to leave for the beach.
Near Future in the Past
Stare can also be used in the imperfect to say "was/were about to do" something.
|L’aereo stava per atterrare.
|The plane was about to land.
|Stavo per chiamare mio padre.
|I was about to call my dad.
|Stavamo per partire per la spiaggia.
|We were about to leave for the beach.
* In English (and French and Spanish), the near future is more flexible. We can say "I’m going to leave tomorrow" (Je vais partir demain / Voy a partir mañana) but this construction does not exist in Italian (
Vado a partire domani). The closest equivalent is stare per fare. Like "to be about to do," this construction can only be used when
- the action is imminent
- the time/day/date is not specified
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