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Wife: You came home pretty late last night. What were you doing? I called you at 10.

Example 1

Husband: At the time, I was leaving my friend's house.

Example 2

Husband: At the time, I was going to leave my friend's house.

Example 3

Husband: At the time, I was about to leave my friend's house.

Are all three the same meaning?

Do all of them mean I was in the process of leaving the house?

I know "was going to" is often used when something was supposed to happen but got canceled.

Does Example 2 imply something happened and I cancelled the action of leaving?

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(1) He was in the process of leaving.

(2) He was intending to leave. (Without further information, it doesn't imply that he changed his mind.)

(3) He was getting ready to leave.

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  • I would say 1) he was stepping out of the door
    – WendyG
    Commented Mar 4 at 10:24

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