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〜ところ(だ) (所だ・処だ) [〜ところ(だ)] (~tokoro (da))
    Meaning: I am about to / I was about to
    Example: He arrived just as I was about to give up.
    JLPT Level: 3
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amatuka

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ex #644   私は息子がクッキーを盗み食いしようとしているところを見つけた。 
I caught my son stealing from a cookie jar.  
ex #6057   バスは発車するところだった。  
The bus was about to start.  
ex #6985   今、食べる 所です。 
Right now, I'm just about to eat.  
ex #6986   これから、部屋を掃除する ところです。 
I'm just about to start cleaning up my room.  
ex #6987   食事がおいしくないといってくれて、ありがとう、危うく食べる 所でした。 
Thanks for telling me the food wasn't good, I was just about to eat it.  
ex #8056   私はもう少しで宿題を忘れるところだった。 
I almost forgot my homework.  

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Amatuka[verb dictionary form] + tokoro 
dc"about to" is also volitional form 彼女に電話をしようとしたところ、電話がかけて来た。 Just as I was about to ring her, the phone rang. 
Amatuka1. That's a 'たところ'
2. I'd translate it as "Just as I decided to phone her [...]" because the 'とした' is past tense.
Mikidc,very detailed correction
電話がかかってきた。or (sbが)電話をかけてきた。

your nameOK, I've added it to tatokoro - further discussion over there.  
jmadsenI've done a little cleanup for the Quizes sake. 

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