I am unable to understand the meaning of following sentence:

About Fran, she can call in to see your grandmother, can't she? enter image description here

Thank you.


In those contexts, "about" is a way for the speaker to bring up a subject for discussion. Sometimes it will be preceded by "Oh", which serves a similar function: "I-am-about-to-change-the-subject" or "I-just-remembered-something-I-wanted-to-tell-you". As your text says, "when a speaker is orienting a listener".

Oh, about that movie you mentioned to me a couple of weeks ago...I did manage to see it. It was just as good as you said it would be.

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