Amy, Alan, thank you for your responses.
Amy, in regards to your question:
I don’t actually now, why. Just wrote that - absolutely thoughtlessly
The only reason (as I think now ) could be that I was keeping in mind Past tense in the last sentence, with the form I was interested to learn
(But I intended to write just I suggest that you should…
so, your form
would be the third in the row. Just before ‘I was about…’ )
Thanks. I know that the pattern itself is not formal.
‘We were about to leave.’ – I was taught it.
But when it is used in some complicated cases - like the above - it looks (for me) so. Formal or/and mannered (and it’s hard to make a choice between ).
To be honest – yes, I generally don’t like the form ‘to be about to…’…
That sounds better for me. More naturally.
Hopefully I’ll manage to accept the expression in my vocabulary…
Thanks a lot.