1. I was thinking about talking about (something)

Is this structure correct? It does seem awkward but I don't see anything in this sentence for it to be grammatically wrong. And how about this:

  1. I was talking about talking about (something)

If I was talking about a specific thing one week ago and I just talked about how and what I was talking that day yesterday, so now I am telling one of my friends that yesterday I was talking about talking about (that thing). Is this grammatically correct?

For example;

1st.December.2020- A famous group was talking about disbanding(within themselves)

7th.December.2020- They revealed it to the public that they were talking about disbanding.(They didn't actually as they decided not to)

10th.December.2020- I see someone rewatching the video of them of 7th.December and I asked him "3. Isn't it where the band was talking about talking about disbandment" because in that video itself they are not talking about disbanding they just said they were talking about it.

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    Yes - that's exactly what people say! "The band was talking about talking about disbanding". (We would usually say "disbanding", not "disbandment".) And if we are at a party and it is late but we are having fun, we might say we are thinking about thinking about leaving. – Old Brixtonian Dec 22 '20 at 5:14
  • Thank you very much @OldBrixtonian – Guri Dec 22 '20 at 5:20
  • I certainly wouldn't say anything like that! They are grammatical, but sound very awkward. I would say something like "I was talking about our conversation about..." or "I was telling her about talking about...". – Kate Bunting Dec 22 '20 at 9:45
  • In a formal context I agree it would sound awkward, and I certainly should have said so. But informally, a repeat may sound more natural than the avoidance of one. "He's an interior designer's interior designer" is certainly a tedious construction, but "I'm thinking of thinking of leaving" is brief and mildly playful. Playfulness itself can be amusing or irritating, but it seems to be a characteristic of BrE. – Old Brixtonian Dec 22 '20 at 11:46

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