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    Dear teacher,

    I am confused about tense of how to express I am suffering or have been suffering something uncomfortable and need your confirmation to remove my confusion. Can I say:

    1 I am breaking out in a cold sweat.
    2 I've broken out in a cold sweat.
    3 I've kept breaking out in a cold sweat.
    4 I break out in a cold sweat.

    Could you please tell me which one sounds natural to your native ears? Thanks.


    LQZ

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    All of them, except #3, sound natural to me.
    Thank you, Gillnetter. :)

    One more question: why does #4 predict what will happen, not state my habit?

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    Thank you, Gillnetter. :)

    One more question: why does #4 predict what will happen, not state my habit?
    I wouldn't say it refers to the future either. It's the present simple. It would suggest a habit more if it actually said "I always break out in a cold sweat when I..."

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    Re: tense

    Thanks. emsr2d2.

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