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Me and my roommate were watching English television tonight. It was a talk show in English, but all participants were Chinese people. One guy said 'I am sweatering' apparently to mean he was very nervous to be on the show. I told my roommate he should rather have said 'I am sweating', and he did not say it right by mistaking sweater for sweat. My roommate did not agree with me by pointing out the possibility that he might be saying 'I am sweltering' .
I have looked up 'sweltering' in my dictionary, which says:
adj. 1. Oppressively hot and humid; sultry.
2. Suffering from oppressive heat.
Could it be right to say 'I am sweltering' on any possible occasion? Thank you.
All of the sentences I gave can mean "I'm very hot!"
None of them mean "I'm nervous".
Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jun-2010 at 21:13. Reason: Extra info