estar a punto de
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estar a punto de(
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to be very close to)
a. to be about to
Estábamos a punto de pedir unas pizzas. ¿Tú quieres?We were about to order some pizza. Would you like some?
b. to be on the point of
Natalia estaba a punto de decir algo importante cuando sonó el teléfono.Natalia was on the point of saying something important when the telephone rang.
c. to be nearly
Unos cuantos bancos están a punto de quebrar.Quite a few banks are nearly bankrupt.
d. to be almost
La madre no paraba de gritar al niño, que estaba a punto de echarse a llorar.The mother wouldn't stop shouting at the kid, who was almost crying.
e. to be on the verge of
El plan de la empresa no puede fracasar; cientos de personas están a punto de perder sus empleos.The company's plan just cannot fall through; hundreds of people are on the verge of losing their jobs.
f. to be on the brink of
La economía del país andino estaba a punto de caer en una fuerte recesión.The economy of the Andean country was on the brink of falling into a deep recession.
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